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Love Is Essential – It is Required

John 13:34

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.

RayMcDLove is essential. Without love we will not represent Jesus well in a world that so needs Jesus. We are even told we will be forgiven as we forgive others – and forgiveness requires love.

Luke 11:4 – Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.  And lead us not into temptation.

Often in the Bible we are told that what we do will be done to us or that we must model the example of Jesus in all we do. Loving our enemies is hard – but at times loving those in our own church family appears to be hard as well. Satan loves division in the church and will try to pit members – sisters and brothers in Christ – against each other.

Jesus – teaching His disciples – His followers – about love – said these words in today’s passage: A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. Continue reading

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Husbands – Love Your Wives

Ephesians 5:25

Husbands, go all out in your love for your wives, exactly as Christ did for the church – a love marked by giving, not getting. The Message

profileToday is the one week warning to all men – whether you have a wife – a girlfriend – or a daughter.  Valentine’s Day is one week from today – February 14th.  From a man that has lived the last 33 plus years of my life in a home filled with only women – I’m suggesting – I’m warning – I’m giving insight – don’t forget Valentine’s Day.

A card would be nice – a nice start – for all of the women in your life (see above).  After the card you might want to think of the main woman in your life (wife/girlfriend) and what she might appreciate.  Some might like to go out to dinner (not McDonald’s or even Panera Bread).  Some place nice – maybe a place where you have to make a reservation (which shows you had to do more than show up for the evening).  If you go out for dinner – try to dress up some – like if you were meeting someone important at work.  Know your wife/girlfriend.  Take the time to plan ahead and show them how important they are to you.  Know their love language and talk to them in it! Continue reading

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Husbands – Do You Love Your Wife? I Mean – Really?

Ephesians 5:25

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her. NIV

Husbands, go all out in your love for your wives, exactly as Christ did for the church — a love marked by giving, not getting. The Message

Too many people don’t get this far in the passage.  Most folks get stuck with the 22nd verse.

Ephesians 5:22 – Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord.

Husbands – even non-Christian husbands with Christian wives – cling to verse 22 – in trying to get their wives to cave to their wishes – which has nothing to do with submitting as unto the Lord (that discussion is for another devotion).

In skipping back to verse 22 – we should skip back to verse 21 as well.

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

Then we can move forward to today’s passage – a command to the husband to love their wife as Christ loved the church – and gave Himself up for her.  The Message says – go all out in your love for your wives . . . a love marked by giving, not getting.

Husbands – how hard do you work at showing your wife that you love her?  Are you as willing to change your schedule to help her accomplish something or spend time with her as you are to play nine holes or do something of interest to you?  Our wives see how hard we work to fit the things we enjoy into our schedule – and how hard it is to get us to do something for them.

Husbands – do you try to out serve your wife?  Christ served His disciples – He even washed their feet – the lowest of low jobs.  He loved them and His church so much that He laid down His life for them – going to the cross.

Husbands – do you have a hard time remembering your wife’s birthday – your anniversary – other holidays and special days – while never missing when opening day is or the Super Bowl – or some other meaningless date!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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