4. Learn the Recipe
Mrs. Sanchez was poor, she lived in a mud hut in the mountains outside La Paz, Bolivia. But she managed to make great tasting soups using not a recipe, but anything she gathered from the fields around her.
Conversely, few marriages end up in a delicious relationship without a recipe. That’s why God offered His own in 1 Corinthians 13:4. The definition of love He presents includes ingredients to which we can add our own flavor.
Love is patient. Lord, in moments of frustration, fill us with patience.
Love is kind. Allow our thoughts to be covered in kindness.
Love does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud, is not rude, it is not self-seeking. Father, we ask for a heart empty of these destructive enemies. We declare that our hearts will be clean and pleasing to You.
We ask that you calm our heart so we’re not easily angered. Allow forgiveness to rule our reactions so we won’t keep record of wrongs.
Lord, allow our love to be pure so it does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
No matter how painful the situation, how empty of joy we feel, how uncertain tomorrow looks, help us to always protect our marriage vows, to always trust in Your power at work, always hope in your ability to restore, and to always persevere and never give up. Amen.
In a world that is bitterly painful, uncertain and often cruel, God’s recipe for love in a marriage strengthens the partnership enough to withstand the deepest valleys.
And we soar above those valleys when we identify the destructive forces that make a union unhealthy. We exchange them for God’s ways that make a relationship rich and vibrant.
And in the midst of a chaotic world, we still maintain that richness by following God’s love recipe that conquers all evil, overcomes fear and brings a new glow of hope for each tomorrow.
Janet Perez Eckles is an international speaker, author and founder of JC Empowerment with a passion to teach and coach you to thrive in relationships and reach personal and professional success.
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