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Love/Life Day 11

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Scripture: Ephesians 4:32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

 Devotional: Deal with unresolved hurts-  Unresolved hurts are the bricks that build the wall that separates us from one another.  Letting those hurts build up over the years eventually can bring a couple to complete isolation and estrangement from one another, and is often at the heart of “unreconcilable” differences.

 Today’s Scripture reveals to us the remedy for these unresolved hurts: forgiveness.  It’s making a decision that you will be unoffendable. 

 According to Brant Hansen in his book, Unoffendable,“whenever there’s an injury to a relationship, a hurt, a broken heart, or even a broken thing, and you are willing to forgive, you are saying, ‘I got this. I’m going to pick up the bill for this.’ This is, of course, precisely what God has done for us.”

 But in our stubborn hearts, we don’t want to pick up the bill.  We want someone else to pay. 

 As followers of Christ,  we must realize that forgiveness is our calling.  We have been forgiven, and we have been given the power to forgive.  But that power doesn’t come from ourselves, it comes from God. 

 If you’re struggling with unresolved hurts and the inability to forgive, it’s time to approach and yield to the One who gave Himself completely and wholly for you.  He can and will give you the strength to forgive, if you will let Him.

 Reflect:

  • What unresolved hurts are you holding onto? Make a complete list and be vigorously honest with yourself.
  • Commit this list to daily prayer until you can let go of every single hurt.
  • Memorize Ephesians 4:32 and repeat it to yourself often.

Love/Life Day 10

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Scripture: 1 Timothy 6:11-12  But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

 Devotional: Commit to doing whatever it takes- Don’t you just love a good fight?  Think Rocky Balboa here, especially the final fight scene when Rocky and Apollo Creed fight to the finish, giving all that they have.  (If you’re too young to remember Rocky,the new generation is Adonis Johnson in Creed)

 Regardless of the context, there’s just something about seeing people push through adversity and suffering, pouring out their blood, sweat and tears, and being victorious in the end.

 That’s what happens in the best of marriages.  There is a commitment there to do whatever it takes to win in marriage. There’s an intentional pursuit and commitment to fight the good fight.  It parallels and aligns with the Christian life, and strong faith can also mean strong marriage. 

 Reflect:

  • What are you currently doing to pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness in your marriage and in your walk with Christ?
  • Are you more likely to run from the fight or are you willing to do the hard work and commit to shedding your blood, sweat and tears in order to fight for the marriage God intends for you?

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