Day 22 - Love is Faithful


Today's Verse:
I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness. Then you will know the Lord. – Hosea 2:20
Today's Message:
If you think that you have had it rough to keep your wedding vows… think about Hosea. Gomer was a terrible wife. She left him to have numerous affairs and was simply not an example of what you would want from your spouse. But, because Hosea had unconditional love for her… he stayed the course.
You're not perfect. Most of the time that will be followed with 'and neither is blah blah blah'… but the real message here is for YOU. PERSONALLY. It doesn't really matter what everybody else does. They aren't in charge of what YOU do. You're the one that has to answer to that. You're the one that has to pay the price for your decisions.
You have to decide that, even though you aren't in control of the big picture… you can at least manage those things that you are responsible for. YOUR love for someone is something that YOU are responsible for.
If you've said you were going to love someone 'for better or for worse'… you need to remember the 'worse' part as well.
Today's Questions:
  • Is there anything in your marriage that has caused you to split from your spouse?
  • It can be fixed if you believe in the things that brought you together in the first place. Do you?
Today's Dare:
Love is a choice, not a feeling.  It is an initiated action, not a knee-jerk reaction.  Choose today to be committed to love even if your spouse has lost most of their interest in receiving it.  Say to them today in words similar to these, "I love you.  Period.  I choose to love you even if you don't love me in return."
Results:
  • Why is this kind of love impossible without the love of Christ beating in your heart? Because it is the kind of unconditional love that Christ showed us when he died on the cross.
  • How does His presence within you enable you to love, even when it's primarily one-sided? Because it allows you to focus on love, regardless of consequences, rather than love because of reward.

     
Today's challenge is a lot like many of these challenges that I've gone through. I do them from obedience, but the truth is… I believe my wife and I already have this type of love for each other. Yes, it does help remind me of this… but it's things that we do already. If you are reading this journal…and you haven't been doing these things for your spouse, then you should definitely start. I will have a long lasting effect on your marriage. How do I know this? Because there was a time when we DID NOT do these things. There was a time when I took her an everything around me for granted. Not any more.
I have chosen the faithful way. (Psalm 119:30)
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