Love, Prayer & Marriage

4 Love is patient and kind, not jealous, not boastful, 5 not proud, rude or selfish, not easily angered, and it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not gloat over other people’s sins but takes its delight in the truth. 7 Love always bears up, always trusts, always hopes, always endures(CJB,1Corinthians 12:4-7).

Makeup by: Tracey Lahey | Photographer: Mark Cooper

When I read this beautiful verse on how God is showing what love truly is I am convicted of how I have fallen short. Thankfully, each day is a new day to humble myself and reach for more of God’s glory to become the person Jesus came to show me to be.  May He flood our hearts with spiritual wisdom so we can continue to move forward into the plans He has for our lives before we were in our mothers’ wombs.

13 For you fashioned my inmost being, you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I thank you because I am awesomely made, wonderfully; your works are wonders — I know this very well. 15 My bones were not hidden from you when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes could see me as an embryo, but in your book all my days were already written; my days had been shaped before any of them existed’ (CJB, Psalms 139:13-16).

This past month I had the immense pleasure of attending a Women’s Leadership Conference.  On the last day we were shown how to pray scripture into our lives. We took a few minutes to pray into different areas of our lives.  Marriage.  I think it is safe to say that a lot of married couples struggle in their relationships; I know that I have.  While I was praying and asking God to strengthen my marriage I started to receive:

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another…’ (NIV, John 13:34-35).”  Wow!  “‘34 I am giving you a new command: that you keep on loving each other. In the same way that I have loved you, you are also to keep on loving each other. 35 Everyone will know that you are my talmidim (disciples) by the fact that you have love for each other’ (CJB‬‬‬‬, John 13:34).

God was showing me how to love my husband. I love it when God speaks back to me.  This was how I personalized that scripture: “Jesus, you came and gave us a new commandment to love each other as you have loved us.  Lord, please show me how to love my husband the way you have loved him and how you have loved me.”   

God has shown me a new way to pray; to pray for an individual instead of praying about their problems.

My encouragement for couples:  God wants the best for His children, He created marriage with Jesus to be at the center.   “‘… of three strands is not quickly broken’ (NIV, Ecclesiastes 4:12).”

Loving Well Jesus’ way

“…Wash one another’s feet, (CJB, John 13:14).”

“…Love one another, (CJB, John 13:340).”

“…Build up one another, (CJB, Romans 14:19).”

“…Accept one another, (CJB, Romans15:7).”

“…Admonish on another, (CJB, Romans15:14).”

“…Serve one another, (CJB, Galatians 5:13).”

“…Bear one another’s burdens, (CJB, Galatians 6:2).”

“…Show forbearance to one another, (CJB, Ephesians 4:2).”

“…Forgive one another, (CJB, Ephesians 4:32).”

“…Be subject to one another, (CJB, Ephesians 5:21).”

“…Teach one another, (CJB, Colossians 3:16).”

“…Comfort one another, (CJB, 1 Thessalonians 4:18).”

“…Encourage one another, (CJB, Hebrews 3:13).”

“…Stimulate one another to love and good deeds, (CJB, Hebrews10:24).”

“…Confess sins to one another, (CJB, James 5:16).”

“…Be hospitable to one another, (CJB,1 Peter 4:9).”

“…Be clothed with humility toward one another, (CJB,1Peter5:5).”


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