Posts Tagged ‘ Love ’

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.

VerseD: Revelation 4:11

“Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”
Revelation 4:11, ESV

God deserves all praise, honor, and glory, if for no other reason than He created everything.

Further, He saved us through His Son. That deserves our love and devotion.

VerseD: John 10:11

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
John 10:11, ESV

Jesus offered Himself to rescue us from condemnation for sin.

Likewise, we should be willing to lay down our lives to share the Gospel, love on others, and bring many to faith in Christ.

John 13:34

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.
John 13:34, ESV

Just as Jesus spoke truth to draw us nearer to Him and offered His life as a sacrifice for others, we must do the same. We may not die for our sacrifice, but we must look at others as more important than ourselves.

VerseD: Amos 5:24

But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.
Amos 5:24, ESV

As Paul said, without love and mercy, spreading justice to those in need, especially the justice of God, we are only making more noise in the world.

Be a refreshing cup of water to someone, according to God’s love.