Day 1 - Love is Patient

Today's Verse: Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. —Ephesians 4:2 NIV
Today's message: Today's message was really about having more understanding towards the issues your spouse may be dealing with. It means that when something goes wrong… don't immediately start placing blame and going for the throat of the offender. There is plenty of scripture quoted to back up the concept, but if you give it some thought… aren't the worst decisions you've ever made come at a time when you were really…really mad about something or someone?

Is that the way you want it to continue... or do you think maybe you should consider taking a deep breath, backing up...and really looking at the situation you are in.  The thing that it reminds me of personally is something that dawned on me a few months 'epiphany' if you care to call it that.
"Just because it makes me mad... doesn't mean it makes me right. - Stan Bush'. 

Slow down today.. Think about the consequences and focus on the benefits
Today's Questions:
  • Can your spouse count on having a patient wife or husband to deal with?
  • Can she know that locking her keys in the car will be met by your understanding rather than a demeaning lecture that makes her feel like a child?
  • Can he know that cheering during the last seconds of a football game won't invite a loud-mouthed laundry list of ways he should be spending his time?
Today's Dare:

The first part of this dare is fairly simple. Although love is communicated in a number of ways, our words often reflect the condition of our heart. For the next day, resolve to demonstrate patience and to say nothing negative to your spouse at all. If the temptation arises, choose not to say anything. It's better to hold your tongue than to say something you'll regret.
  • Did anything happen today to cause anger toward your mate?
    • Nothing. In general I get along with my spouse just fine. Very rarely does she do anything that makes me really really angry anmore. There was a time when it happened several times all day long, but I think that SHE is the one that fixed that. Now it's more of MY turn to learn it.
  • Were you tempted to think disapproving thoughts and to let them come out in words?
    • Not really… again.. .she's an incredibly sweet person.
Everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger. James 1:1


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