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Love & Relationships Day 11

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Scripture:Colossians 2:7 Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.

Devotional:  By far, the most essential practice in order to grow and strong and fruitful marriage is to follow Jesus.  He is our source of love and, as this passage suggests, when we build our life upon His love, it is a firm foundation.  One that will not be shaken. 

You may have heard the popular metaphor of marriage being like a triangle, with God at the apex and the husband and wife at the other two corners.  When you each grow closer to God, you grow closer to one another.  But if either of you are not growing closer to Him, you grow further apart.  As simple as this sounds, it’s so true.

When you each are committed to Christ and seek Him above all else in your life, even one other, and even your kids, you will have a freedom and confidence in your relationship that is unmatched.  You’ll also have and endless supply of the fruit of God’s Spirit (Galatians 5:22) like love, joy, peace, patience and kindness, which you’ll need for the long haul. 

Reflect:

  • On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your efforts in following Jesus?
  • How has this impacted your relationship with your spouse?
  • Would you be willing to wholly commit to following Him first and foremost?

Love & Relationships Day 10

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Scripture:Romans 12:10 Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.

Devotional: One of the best efforts that you can make in your marriage relationship over the long haul is often the first to go after a couple gets married.  And it’s to show affection.  Typically, when a couple first begins to date, and leading up to marriage, there’s a lot of affection shown in various ways. Whether that’s through words, or physical touch, gazing at each other endlessly, or giving small gifts, it’s easy to do when you’re pursuing your spouse.

But, too often, marriage is perceived as the end of the pursuit, and all that can stop.  Our passage today reminds us that the pursuit should never end.  You should always take delight in honoring and showing genuine affection to your spouse.  Look at it as you are always pursuing him or her.  You each deserve that kind of love to be shown over your lifetime. 

God never quits pursuing you, so don’t give up on pursuing your spouse. 

Reflect:

  • In what ways did you show affection to your spouse when you were dating? How might you return to some of those practices, or create new ones in order to pursue him/her?

 

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