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September 20, 2017

Restoring Real Love: Part 3

They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock.  When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built.” Luke 6:48 (NLT)   

Preparedness is essential for surviving a storm!  The man in this verse dug down deep and laid his foundation on rock. He was prepared for the flood that would certainly come.  Restoring real love when the storm surge of stress, brokenness or pain threaten our homes begins when we stop the destructive flood of fear.  Instead of taking it out on each other, we talk it out with each other and take it to the Lord.  As we do, God begins to restore real love.

Before Hurricane Harvey struck, forecasters were warning us to fill our tanks and be prepared in case we must evacuate.  Don’t wait until the last minute.  Fill your tanks now while you can. The same is true of our emotional tanks in our relationships.  Before the storms of life threaten us, it’s important to fill your emotional tank.  How do you do that for one another?

Fill emotional tanks with loving words.  

The Bible says that life and death are in the power of the tongue.

“Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit – you choose.”  Prov. 18:21 (MSG)

Do your words give life or are they slowly destroying those around you.  You get to choose.  Are you filling tanks or draining them?

“Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” Prov. 16:24 (NIV)

If you want to restore real love in your relationships, begin with loving words.  You’ll be amazed how fast it will fill someone’s emotional tank.  Then take the next step:

Fill emotional tanks with loving actions. 

Love is more than mere words.  Its words backed with meaningful actions.  The Bible really gets practical here:

“… let us stop just saying we love people; let us really love them, and show it by our actions.”  1 John 3:18 (TLB)

In what ways are your words and actions demonstrating real love?  What change could you make to fill your loved ones’ emotional tanks that would begin to restore real love?