11 MAY

2017

TODAY'S WORD 4U 2DAY

Keep together (1)

‘Love never gives up.’ 1 Corinthians 13:4 MSG

Imagine you’re married. You and your husband/wife never disagree about anything and never get cross or annoy each other. Household chores are shared equally. Your priorities are identical. You hate spending time apart because you’re completely happy in each other’s company. And you’ve probably guessed by now that we’re not being completely realistic here. We can get so caught up in the idea of a ‘perfect marriage’ (think about all the ‘happily ever after’ stories you heard when you were little), that when we finally are in a serious relationship, reality can clash with the fantasy world we’ve built up in our minds. We forget that every relationship is made up of imperfect people with weaknesses and failings. So if we’re banking on perfection in a romantic relationship, we’re going to be disappointed when the difficulties and stresses of life start to test it. Perhaps we need to re-think our definition of a ‘perfect marriage’. The Bible tells us: ‘Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have…Isn’t always “me first,” doesn’t fly off the handle, doesn’t keep score of the sins of others…always looks for the best, never looks back, but keeps going to the end’ (1 Corinthians 13:4-7 MSG). Unselfish love like this keeps us together. If two people who fall in love are willing to both stand together in love through whatever challenges of life they’ll face, they’re a pretty formidable team. It might not be all fairy tales and flowers, but isn’t that a great definition of a perfect marriage to aim for?

What now?
Read through 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. Highlight any areas of love that you need to work on.

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