Day 29
"Love's motivation"

"Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does."
(Ephesians 6:7)

What motivates you in your marriage? This is important to consider, because at the core of your belief-system is it "all about you?" Maybe, on a good day, you can honestly say that you are very sacrificial towards your wife and it's "all about her". Today's challenge would have you go one step further to realize that it's "all about God". This change of focus and perspective is crucial for a believer. Being able to wake up knowing that God is your source and supply - not just of your own needs but also those of your wife - changes your whole reason for interacting with your wife. No longer is it this imperfect person who decides how much love you'll show, but rather it's your omni-perfect God who can use even a flawed person like yourself to bestow loving favor on another.

It's "all about God" applies to everything - your motivation to work, your attitude towards serving, everything you say and everything you do. You want to honor the Lord with devotion and sincerity. In marriage that will carry you a long, long ways down a sometimes difficult road - you are to "love anyway" because it's for the Lord.

Is your wife impossible to deal with? Love her anyway. Is your wife ignoring you - showing no interest in you at all? Love her anyway. Only love that is lifted up as an offering to God - returned to Him in gratitude for all He's done - is able to sustain itself when all other reasons have lost their ability to energize you.

If the motivation for your love is founded on God, your ability to love is unlimited. That's because He is love, and all love comes from Him. He will bless everything you do if it is done for Him.

Pray for your wife and her needs. Then tell her the words "I love you" from the core of your heart. Later, thank the Lord for giving you this woman to love unconditionally, just as He loves you both.

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men . . . (Colossians 3:23)

Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. (Ephesians 5:21)

"As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby."
(1 PETER 2:2)

If you want to grow as you should as a Christian -- feed on God's Word just as a newborn baby desires to be fed. If you know anything about babies, you know they require regular feeding!

It's not just a quick reading of the Word that you need. You must chew the Word to get the "milk" out of it. This just means you need to meditate on God's Word to get all that you should from it. You can't just gulp it down quickly and expect to receive all its nutrition. It takes some time and effort to think on the Word and digest it, so that it becomes a part of us.

The food we take into our physical bodies does not nourish us unless we properly digest and assimilate it into our cells. Spiritual food is the same. The Word you read has to "become flesh" in you. It has to become part of you. As it nourishes you, it will change you by changing the way you see yourself and the way you see others.

It is possible to study the Bible and not believe it, not personalize it, and not internalize it. This type of mental study does not feed your spirit.

Personalizing the Word and speaking it, helps us digest the Word so it becomes part of us. This, along with thinking and seeing in agreement with the Word, is Bible meditation.

Prayer: Father; I believe I am who You say I am. I have what You say I have. I can do what You say I can do. I need to say whatever You have said about me. I know this is the primary way I will be fed and grow spiritually. So Father; be sure I read your Word daily without fail. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Scripture For Today: Romans 12:9-21 ... At the end of this passage, Paul encourages us to "overcome evil with good." What might that look like in your life today? If there are temptations that are threatening your walk with God, ask for His help so that you can overcome these things.

God Bless - and may He keep you and your family safely under His wings. -
The Dove Alliance