Pure Gospel Magazine February 2019 - Page 9

It’s a unique love, not like the love the world knows. The Bible gives us many examples of the kind of love God desires us to have. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 says, “It is patient, kind, not envious, not boastful, not arrogant, not rude, not insisting on its own way, not irritable or resentful, not rejoicing in wrongdoing, but instead rejoicing in the truth, bearing all things, believing all things, hoping all things, enduring all things”.

In addition, our love should be a forgiving love, not a hard-hearted love. Ephesians 4:26-27 tells us, “Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger and give no opportunity to the devil.”

How many of you would say, “I’d rather have a relationship filled with animosity, hostility and unpleasantness? Well, that’s what you’re doing when you hang on to anger, resentment, and bitterness.

Ephesians 4:2 “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient bearing with one another in love” and in Ephesians 4:32 “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”

Our love will be different when we allow it to be controlled by the Spirit and not by the flesh. You can’t do this in your own power. You should ask yourself, do you regard your spouse as more important than yourself? Do you forgive your spouse just as God has forgiven you? Do you love your spouse by showing patience, kindness, and not insisting on your own way? Are you living this every day? Colossians 3:14 “And over all these virtues put love, which bind them all together in perfect unity”

The only way we can have a different kind of love—and purpose—in marriage is to experience a true transformation in our lives. God forgave us and freed us. As we walk in that forgiveness and freedom day by day, He is transforming us more and more into the image of His Son. And in the process, He gives us a hope that we never knew before we were saved by Christ.

In our Christian marriage we should have a different purpose and a different love, these are behaviors we cannot have by ourselves. They are impossible apart from the transforming grace of God in our lives. When we experience this transformation, others will notice something very different in us and our relationships.

Happy Marriage and Happy Valentines’ Day!

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Until next month!! Be Blessed!!