Today we are on day nine of the Love Dare. In todays reading it spoke about making good impressions. It speaks about how we should greet our spouses everyday and how the love we give them, is a choice.
1 Peter 5:14 says Greet one another with a kiss of love.
Awhile back I was reading an article about showing affection to your spouse and I remember it speaking specifically about kissing. The woman shared how she had been married for about ten years and she kissed her husband when he left for work, maybe when he returned home but that was about it. She also shared how her kissing had turned into a quick second peck, and it was lacking passion and intensity. So she challenged her readers to start kissing their husbands for 5-7 seconds each time they kissed. I thought wow, that’s not very long I can do that, but when I tried it, I felt myself blushing because I too had turned into a quick pecker.
So today I challenge you to kiss your spouse for five seconds, and allow yourself to enjoy it….
I challenge you to greet your spouse with a smile and tell them how happy you are to see them. Wrap your arms around them and hug them tight for seven seconds look deep into their eyes and tell them how much you love them.
Are you uneasy? You shouldn’t be. If it has become awkward for you to kiss your spouse for more than a second, hug them tight, or look deep into their eyes, this may be a sign that distance has crept into your marriage. We need to draw closer on purpose, by choosing to love and draw near to one another on a daily basis.
Our relationship with Jesus is much in the same. He is always there but he waits for us to come to Him by choice, not by force.
James 4:7-8 says Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
We must first submit ourselves to God, and then the very next thing we are to do is resist the devil and he will flee. When we come near to God, He will come near to us. We are to wash our hands and purify our hearts. We cannot be active in our sin and come to God and ask Him to bless what we’re doing. I am not saying we are without sin, because we are all sinners, we all have sin.
Think about it, examine your life, and think about the things you know your supposed to be doing, trust God and ask Him to show up in your life. We all know someone who we (think) is sinning worse than ourselves. So, what would you tell that person? Now, use that same advice and apply it to yourself.
As believers in Jesus Christ, we have the Holy Spirit in us to lead and guide us. God doesn’t leave us to figure this out on our own. We are not alone. Choose today to accept Christ’s love and then choose to love those around you, starting with your spouse.
Thank you Jesus for your truth and your word. Thank you for loving us while we are still sinners. God please reveal yourself to each of us today in the little things and the big. Show us how to be vulnerable and real with our spouses. Show us how to trust fully and hold nothing back from you. May your Holy Spirit remind us loving others is a choice not a feeling. Helps us today to make a good impression in love, in Jesus name amen.