Tuesday, July 1, 2008
1 Corinthians 13 (msg)
1 If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don't love, I'm nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. 2If I speak God's Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, "Jump," and it jumps, but I don't love, I'm nothing. 3-7If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don't love, I've gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I'm bankrupt without love.
Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn't want what it doesn't have.
Love doesn't strut,
Doesn't have a swelled head,
Doesn't force itself on others,
Isn't always "me first,"
Doesn't fly off the handle,
Doesn't keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn't revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.
I sit here this morning thinking of how my husband lives this definition of love everyday. He loves me with such an unconditional love. He loves me when I am at my lows or when I am at my highest of highs. When I met Bryan my life was so bad. I was going in the total wrong direction. I was doing everything wrong. He came into my life and not only did I fall in love with him, but also with Jesus. I can't tell you enough how thankful I am for him in my life and how lucky I am to have him.
I try daily to treasure the precious gift that God gave me in Bryan. I am not perfect and there are days I will get frustrated, but I try my best to love him like the Bible says we are to love. At the beginning of this verse it talks about how if we don't have love we are nothing. How true is that? I can't imagine what life would be without the love of Jesus or my husband.
Yesterday my sweet honey surprised me with a new diamond ring! It is so beautiful! When he first asked me to marry him we didn't have hardly anything and had to pay for a wedding. So he gave me a ring from an antique store that his mom had bought years before I came a long. Little did she know this would be her son's wife's ring. So for 7 years I have proudly worn this ring. He has always told me how badly he has wanted to get me a bigger ring. I have always told me that I am perfectly content with the one that I have. Yesterday he gave me that ring. What a blessing! I love it so much and will post pictures soon! After all this time that we have been together I still love to hear his voice on the phone, get chills when we sweeps me up and kisses me. I love the way he can bring calm to my life no matter what is going on around me. He is so perfect for me. I love him more then I can ever write, say or express!
I just want to challenge you girls to love your husband as this definition tells us to. What a precious gift we have that is sometimes so easy to take for granted.