You can give without loving, but you will never truly love without giving.
Healthy relationships don’t rely on emotions for motion. They understand that, as we walk in faith and obedience, our feelings will follow.
We get to choose the focus of our affections, what we allow in our hearts. Feelings change with whatever we let into our hearts.
These are the four rings on the target of a focused relationship. If they are missing, our relationships will never experience the kind of love and fulfillment God intended
Before giving up and walking away from a relationship, give God the opportunity to employ the wisdom of His Word in handling conflict.
Focus on Jesus. When you focus on Jesus to meet your deepest needs, it takes the pressure off the relationship with your spouse or others.
Is your heart opened or closed? It most likely depends on the relationship, doesn’t it? We can have an open heart toward one person while closing off our hearts to another. Marriage and family illustrate this concept well. A wife or husband may be totally open to a son or daughter while closing their heart to their mate.
God’s love is unlike the love that the world offers. When Paul described love as the most excellent way, he gave us specific characteristics of God’s love that sets it apart from any other love we have known. Each characteristic is an attribute of God Himself, for God is love.
What is the most excellent way to live life? The New Living Translation describes it as “a way of life that is best of all.” Many are settling for the good life. But why settle for a good life, or even a better life, if you can have the best life of all?
I have a list of Biblical heroes, great men and women of God that were used mightily to change history, save nations, and live courageously. We could all name off a list of great heroes like Abraham, Moses, Joshua, David, Esther, Peter, Paul and Mary – just to mention a few! Among these giants of the faith, I’m particularly impressed with a married couple, Aquila and Priscilla.