"Love Makes Good Impressions"
"Greet one another with a kiss of love."
(1 Peter 5:14)
How do you try harder to initiate or close communication when things are not right? How do you "greet" your wife with love when separated by time and distance of a relationship gone sour? You're wanting to say "Good Night" and she's wanting to say "Good Morning". It may take practice - but I have learned that this particular kindness goes a long way in promoting peace in a relationship.
Enhancing your method of greeting over email or telephone may mean something simple. For example, instead of saying "Hi Babe" add "Hi Babe - I missed you today". Try this and call her by her name and not "Babe"; by saying something in this direction: "The first thing I did this morning was to look at your picture. It got my day off to a good start". If you communicate in the evening you can close in a similar way; "I'll look at your picture before I go to sleep. I'm sure it will give me sweet dreams". Sappy? Perhaps ... but isn't that a more loving approach to greeting your wife than just "Hey Babe". As a married couple, you have invested your entire lives and futures in each other - why not make her as pleasant as possible? And isn't it likely that if your wife knew that you were really glad to "speak" with her that it might make her day go better? So greet your wife today, by email or phone, or in person with enthusiasm and a "smile."
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I always thank God for you because of His grace given you in Christ Jesus. (1 Corinthians 1:3,4)
Grace and peace to you from God our Father. We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints ... Colossians 1:3,4)
Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours: Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. (2 Peter 1:1,2)
Peace to you. The friends here send their greetings. Greet the friends there by name. (3 John:14)
Now to Him who is able to establish you by my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all nations might believe and obey Him - to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! - Paul's closing statement of (Romans 16:25-27)
"But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, "Abba, Father." The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.."
(Romans 8:11, 14-16)
Even as believers, we can become so preoccupied with the cares of this life, that we get distracted and lose our ability to focus on what God is saying to us. When a person enters into a relationship with God through faith in Christ, the Bible describes that God Himself, in the person of the Holy Spirit, comes to live inside of them (Ephesians 1:13-14). It's as if God installs a direct connection between Himself and the believer.
Over time, if we aren't careful, things like un-confessed sin, distractions, and other priorities can cause the signal to become distorted and unclear. In order to maintain an open line of communication, be sure to spend time daily in God's presence through prayer, meditation, and worship. Keep a "short list" of un-confessed sin, and make a regular habit of submitting every area of your life to God's will.
Prayer: Holy Spirit, I confess my need to be led by You every step of my life. Show me where I tend to pull away from You and do my own thing. I pray for my wife and myself that we would be Spirit-led in every endeavor. Make us into a couple that follow Your lead in every direction of Your will! In Jesus' name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Nehemiah 2 ... Following his confession and prayer, how does Nehemiah now move forward toward his purpose? What are the keys to a successful start on Nehemiah's journey? How does this apply to your life?