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Love & Relationships Day 9

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Scripture:Ephesians 5:21-28 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord.  For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior.  Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.  In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 

Devotional: This passage is one of the most well-known passages in the Bible about marriage, but it is often misunderstood or misused. Some women are offended at the “submit to your husbands” line and some husbands corrupt and abuse that statement.  The most important part of this passage is verse 21, for it lays the foundation for the whole passage: “submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.”

This leads to our first effort, which must be made to grow a strong marriage and relationship: make adjustments. Mutual submission and yielding to one another because of your ultimate surrender to God is key to a successful and God-reflecting marriage.  Marriage is a divine ordinance, set forth to reflect the relationship that Jesus has with His bride, the church, for whom He has laid down His life.

When we are willing to make adjustments and forsake our own will for that of the one we love, we are demonstrating sacrificial Christ centered love; a love that grows and builds itself up.  A love that gives testimony to God’s love and faithfulness. A love that gives us opportunity to be conformed to the image of Christ and reflect Him as we practice unconditional love, mercy and grace in our relationships.

Reflect:

  • How difficult is it for you to submit your will and lay down your wants and desires in order to glorify God in your relationship?
  • Pray for the strength to begin to give up your “rights” in order to demonstrate your love.

Love & Relationships Day 8

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Scripture: Proverbs 24:3 By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established.

Devotional: This week’s devotions center around growing a strong home and marriage – one that will withstand the storms of life and not only survive, but thrive.  Whether you are married or single, these principles are key to healthy and longstanding relationships, so resist the urge to skip if you’re not married. 

Growth is a continuous process and there are various seasons and stages to growth.  If your marriage or relationship is not growing, it is dying.  And just like any living thing, it takes nurturing and sustenance to grow. 

We learn from today’s passage that it is through wisdom and understanding that a home is built, grown and established.  In each of the coming days, we will look at an effort to be made in order to keep your relationship growing. 

Meanwhile, remember that you may be in a season of cultivation (which can be painful as hard ground is being broken up), planting (where much effort must be made to grow the right things), nurturing (where consistent watering and feeding happen), or harvesting (where you see the fruit of your labor).  Understanding the ebbs and flows of these seasons are to helpful for you to be able to persevere through sometimes difficult seasons. 

Reflect:

  • What season do you sense your marriage or relationship is in currently?

 

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