Archive for the ‘ Love ’ Category

VerseD: Ephesians 5:1-2

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
Ephesians 5:1‭-‬2, ESV

Give yourself completely over to God for His will.

Just as the Son lived among us and gave Himself for our good, we likewise should go into our world to share the Gospel in love.

VerseD: Colossians 3:13

bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.
Colossians 3:13, ESV

We are family by Christ’s blood. Sometimes family gets annoying and offend each other.

Get over yourself and love them fiercely. You may even be the offensive one!

VerseD: Ephesians 6:2

“Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise),
Ephesians 6:2, ESV

They gave you life, so they are due some honor.

Or they raised you, so they deserve some respect.

Loving our parents shows our love for our heavenly Father.

VerseD: Psalm 68:5

Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation.
Psalm 68:5, ESV

God is everything we need, the One who loves those whom feel unloved or unlovable – only in Him do we find our every longing and need met.

VerseD: 1 Peter 4:8

Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.
1 Peter 4:8, ESV

If you are focused on how to love others like God does, you will not condone sin but you will stop focusing on their sin and love on them.

A Decade Together

A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.

Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.

She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.

She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.

She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.

She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants.

She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.

She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.

She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.

In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers.

She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.

When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet.

She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple.

Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.

She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes.

She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.

She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.

She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.

Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:

“Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.”

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
Proverbs 31:10‭-‬31, NIV

In November of 2008, I read these words out loud before proposing to the most amazing woman I know.

Today, we celebrate ten years of marriage, and she has proven to embody the qualities of a wife that are described here.

Truly, she proves:

He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord.
Proverbs 18:22, ESV

Neither of us are perfect, and it has not always been easy, but we trust in our perfect God, and I pray for a continued “honeymoon period” (we still have people asking how recently the wedding was!) of love and joy, which is only possible due to trusting in the Lord, and the joy of the Lord is our strength (Nehemiah 8:10).

I pray we continue to seek the Lord and His righteousness firstly in all things (Matthew 6:33).

I pray we put each other before our own needs and God before all. (Basically, Ephesians 5, as well as Philippians 2.)

I love you, Mrs. Klem!

Here is to another decade!

VerseD: 1 Corinthians 13:4-5

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;
1 Corinthians 13:4‭-‬5, ESV

Love is so much more than a feeling. It is a choice and an action. Our feelings can help us be patient and kind, but it is the power of the Gospel by the Holy Spirit that truly makes it possible.

Through these, we can be like Jesus who endured mocking and beatings to bring us joy.