I say (mostly to myself), why would anyone choose to “Excessively Embellish” a story? Why do we brag at all? Furthermore, why would that habit have any place in my Biblical Marriage (Can you feel the sarcasm?)? Yet it is in there… ugly and accusing… Can you relate?
We are in a Series of encouragement from God’s word to equip us in our Marriage each Monday.
Then we began dissecting 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 trying to understanding it from a place of Biblical Marriage or at least Biblical Wifehood (which is sort of like Motherhood, but for Wives – don’t you think we deserve a club -maybe cool shirts and secret handshakes?)
This week we learn what Paul means when he says Love Does Not Brag.
When I think of bragging I think of a cocky little boy speaking at the top of his voice to tell everyone about who he beat at a race… chalk that up to babysitting for 2 precious little boys!
Love does not excessively embellish to put itself on the center stage to make a point.
So, showing love to without bragging means I must let the facts speak for themselves.
Doesn’t seem challenging… Except that it is.
Showing love to my husband means that I will not manipulate him into doing what I want or saying what I want to hear.
Manipulation is a tool I know well.
I know how to place tears to motivate compassion. It is easy to embellish a story about my day to manipulate pity or praise.
Showing love is speaking truth and accepting the results it produces.
As I am learning this, God is shining a light on this need I have for approval (I did not see that coming).
God reminded me that I need to live for Him “an audience of one” and come to Him alone for approval. Ultimately, I need to be more concerned with What He thinks of me than what others think of me.
Challenge Time: Pick 1 area -where you are seeking your husbands approval -that you should be taking to God instead.
Begin praying that God will shine His light every time you step out of His will in this way.
He will change this is you let Him.
Need some encouragement? Comment the ares you are going to pick and know that I will be praying for you throughout this series!
When we stand together in Prayer we have more power over the enemy than when we hide and pretend everything is “Fine”.
Lets fight back together!
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