"Love is Not Selfish"
"Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves."
If you are familiar with 1 Corinthians 13 in the New Testament - the "love chapter" - you know that these verses are a beautiful and timeless description of what love does. It is often read at weddings, perhaps even at yours. We would do well to read it from time to time, just as a reminder. You could put your name in the spot where it says, "Love", and read "John is patient, John is kind. John does not envy . . . . ." and so forth. If those things are true, that's great. But if they're not then you have something to work on. Don't we all!
But keep reading past all of those familiar verses and you'll come to 1 Corinthians 13:11. It reads, "When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me." Do you see what the obvious question for today is, "Have you put childish ways behind you?" Do you put others needs ahead of your own? Do you share? Are you treating your wife the way you would like to be treated?
Have you grown up? Are you treating your wife as the precious gift from God that she is to you?
In addition to today's challenge do this: Buy something for your wife that will show her that you were thinking of her. This is a greater demonstration of love when you accomplish it! If you have the opportunity to buy something to mail that will show your wife that you were thinking of her - great. But if not, try to find something that you can put in the mail which would show her that your thoughts are of her. If mailing is not an option, try ordering over the internet (if possible) or somehow enlisting a neighbor or friend to make a special delivery. The object is to go out of your way to demonstrate that you are thinking of your wife in a generous way.
For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. (James 3:16)
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. (Philippians 2:3,4)
"And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you."
The principle of God's plan being passed from generation to generation applies not only to your natural children, but also to spiritual "children". God's desire is for each one of us to invest in others in such a way that they become like spiritual children to us. In the same way that we would leave a tangible inheritance to our children, investing in God's vision for your wife and family ensures that you will leave a spiritual inheritance for those to come.
Prayer: Lord, I want nothing more than to be used by You, not only in my lifetime, but by leaving a legacy of righteousness. Let my life impact my wife and my children and their children. As a family, give us the wisdom to build in such a way that the next generation will be set up for success. Show us how to lay a foundation of righteousness that can be built upon for generations to come! In Jesus name - Amen.
Scripture For Today: Luke 9:1-3 ... Prior to being sent out on their journey, Jesus gave instructions to the disciples regarding what they should not carry with them. Why do you think He gave them these specific instructions? How might this apply to your journey?