Today is love dare day thirty-nine, Love endures. Real love lasts, it stands the test of time. Real love: keeps going, it’s long-lasting, long-lived, continuing, long-term, persistent, permanent, surviving, constant, endless, eternal, everlasting, forever, in for the long haul, inexhaustible, lifelong, longstanding, stable, unceasing, undying, unrelenting, ineradicable, deeply rooted, never-ending, ingrained, nonstop, lasting, resistant, tough, strong, ageless, always, undying, unfading, immortal, indestructible, immovable, solid, loyal, imperishable, incorruptible, unforgettable, and forevermore. Is (our) love?
What does the Bible say about Love?
1 John 4:19-21 (NIV) says:
We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.
Can we each say that our love for our spouses has lasted and withstood the testing? Or would we say our love has fallen short and given up? Let us examine our love for our spouses. Do we truly love our spouses or do we love the idea of loving our spouses?
We know what real love is, we defined it in the first paragraph. Now lets examine the idea of loving our spouses. This thought of loving our spouses often sounds great to ourselves, and may even look good to others. The main difference between real love and fake love is, there is no action when we only have the idea of loving our spouses. Our minds are filled to the brim of best intentions with absolutely no follow through. Fake love gives up, because it never was real love to begin with. It doesn’t have the power and resolve to pass the testing, it always falls short. It never endures.
Proverbs 17:17 (NIV)
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
Real love is evidenced by our actions. Real love can’t wait to be released through our hands and feet. Real love never quits. When testing comes real love says let’s get closer, lets hold each other, and help one another. Authentic love drips sweetness and genuinely seeks opportunities to help the other.
Many of you are at a crossroads right now in your marriages. Don’t give up! I love what the book said, “When you have done everything within your power to obey God, your spouse may still forsake you and walk away just as Jesus’ followers did to Him. But if your marriage fails, if your spouse walks away, let it not be because you gave up or stopped loving them. Love never fails.”
Romans 12:9 (NIV)
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.
It’s every persons desire to know that someone is fighting for us? There is a part of us all that desires to know, no matter what our spouse will be there for us. Don’t you long to know without a doubt some other person will accept you and love you on purpose, whether you deserve it or not? I do.
For todays dare really search your heart do you love your spouse or just the idea of it? Pray and ask God to fill your heart with a real authentic love for them, love that will stand the testing and a love that will last forever. Then write it to them.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (NIV)
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.
To My Dear Husband,
You are my best friend, my confidant, companion, pray partner, lover, encourager, helper, and spiritual leader. You are a gift given to me from our Heavenly Father and I cherish and honor you. I thank God for you. You are a man full of wisdom and discernment and your integrity shines into the darkest of places. You are my man and I am your lady from now until eternity. I pledge not only my love to you but my life, my hopes and dreams are nothing without you to share them with. I am more of a woman with you than I could ever be apart from you. You are my coffee and I am your tea, we go together like honey and a bee. You sharpen me without injury. You bandage my wounds and heal my hurts all the while protecting my heart. I am forever grateful for your love and completely undeserving of it. I pray God sends angels to guard the doors of our hearts to make sure our love doesn’t go elsewhere. You have my heart my lover and I hold yours in my hands. May God allow us to grow old together and teach others to do the same. Love never fails. I adore you my love.
I love you Luis. Love your Wife