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8 Powerful Ways to Love in a Biblical Marriage

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Love is a desire we all share.  The desire to be loved is powerful yet the feeling of being loved is elusive.  Can you relate?  

What/Who do you love?  I love coffee, yoga, Bud, my Little Blessings, Skittles (our Australian Shepherd), Jesus, coffee (yes again), chocolate and Taco Bell… not in that particular order 😉

Funny to think I could love all of those things.  Hm, if I’m very honest I would say some of those things are likes and wants rather than loves.

Love requires two as it is a connection that runs deeply from One heart to the other.

There are several types of love mentioned in the Bible but the one that left me speechless was Agape (Click here to see the learn more)

Agape Love is a Powerful Verb

In the New Testament Book of 1 Corinthians, we see Agape Love defined in a shocking way.  1 Corinthians 13 teaches all believers how to Love everyone.

  • Believer or not (insert shocked face)
  • Married or not
  • Kind or not…  oh but I am getting ahead of myself.

As God took Bud and me through a hard season in our Marriage this Passage taught me how to be a Wife living from a Biblical Worldview who really loved my husband.

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God had to take me all the way back to the basics of Love.  Embarrassing but true!

I need to treat my husband with the same love I showed others!  Isn’t it crazy that I am kind and loving to everyone around me but not at home!?!?!?!  Can you relate?

And boy howdy did it work!  This Love is a Verb kind of living is a Radical Change!

To understand what Paul was saying I dug in deeply to each word in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8.  I unpacked the deeper meanings and found ways to practically apply each word to my marriage. 

To learn more about this Radical Love click through each Phrase below.  Be sure to join me in the Marriage Challenge at the end of each article for the fullest results!

8 Powerful Ways to Love in a Biblical Marriage

These 8 Powerful Words should be studied in 2 parts.

The first part of the list can be applied to everyday relationships – Including our marriage 😉

  • Love is Patient 
    • It does not lose heart while enduring misfortunes and bearing offenses and injuries of others.
  • Love is Kind
    • It does/speaks good when it can, even in the face of injuries.
  • Love is Not Jealous
    • The verb tense of jealous is best explained in 2 parts.
      • Envy – you have what I want.
      • Covet – I hate that you have that and wish I had it and you did not.
  • Love Does not Brag
    • It does not excessively embellish to put itself on the center stage to make a point.
  • Love Does not Act Unbecoming
    • It does not act rude, unseemly or disrespectfully…  ah Respect
  • Love Does Not Seek it’s Own
    • Does not seek its own comfort, pleasure, and desire above that of those it claims to love.
  • Love is not Easily Provoked
    • So Love does not make the other angry without a reason and 2. Love gives up that anger to for reconciliation
  • Love Thinks No Evil
    • The original text says Love “does not take into account a wrong suffered”.  Um, I wish I had that superpower!
  • Love Rejoices in the Truth
    • It does not
      • Take pleasure in doing evil to others
      • Enjoy seeing evil done to others

Part Two of this List is about us and how our lives impact the Kingdom of God

As you work through this list you will notice that each word builds upon the last.  It concludes with a beautiful picture of Love – God’s Way!

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Do you ever get a song stuck in your head?  

The entire time I was studying it I was remembering an old DC Talk song I grew up with.  Luv is a Verb by DC Talk 1992 Listen to the song ~> Here

Hope you enjoy!

in HIM,

Tiffany

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Tiffany Montgomery

Tiffany is a wife and mother who is passionate about Encouraging and Equipping Women through Biblical Discipleship.

11 thoughts to “8 Powerful Ways to Love in a Biblical Marriage”

  1. Love is not all about butterflies in our stomach and the way someone else makes us feel and yet that is far too often how love is depicted. When we recognize love is about giving of ourselves to someone else it changes how we view and understand the world. Such important lessons!

  2. Good stuff here Tiffany!
    As a fellow relationship blogger and mentor I have to say that I deeply appreciated your line “I need to treat my husband with the same love I showed others!”. SO TRUE! Thanks for the honesty and vulnerability 🙂

  3. I really enjoy how much you unpack love. It is such a true blessing to give and receive true unconditional love. Just today a student told me he doesn’t believe in God because his religious grandmother refused to help a gay person during a flood. So tragic.

    1. That is tragic. It’s crazy how we turn God into a rule maker without heart. Even when people were seeped in sin Jesus helped them. Tax collectors, prostitues, women caught in adultery. He turned no one away… That is a powerful Love!

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