Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – September 20, 2016
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or empty pride, but in humility consider others more important than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus. Philippians 2:3-4
Although I knew my husband was a good man before we tied the knot, I am humbled every day of our married life by how good he is to me. And, since it is our wedding anniversary today, I think it’s a good day to share three things I appreciate about him.
He appreciates my quirks. I have some quirky personality traits. For example, when I am having fun, sometimes my voice changes and I sound like I am five years old. In the past some of the men I dated didn’t like this quality and shamed me for it. My husband thinks it’s cute. I also tend to be scattered. As a creative type, my mind is often in a million places at once so I forget where I put the keys, my shoes, or cell phone. He says, “It’s just one of the things that makes you, you. I choose to find it adorable.” My husband praises me for my unique personality traits, even if I don’t deserve it, and that’s something I am very grateful for.
“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4:8).
He doesn’t try to change me. In an effort to be helpful—and out of insecurity or pride—some people constantly try to change their mate. They always point out their flaws, make condescending statements, and shame their loved one. I am so grateful that my husband continually builds me up with words of kindness rather than constantly correcting or trying to control me. He isn’t afraid to tell me the truth, but his attitude is always filled with grace, acceptance, and gentleness. He practices Ephesians 4:29 which says, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” This makes me feel loved and emotionally safe. As a result, I freely share my life, thoughts, and sins with him.
He is generous with his time and resources. I grew up in a home in which my father was not generous with his time or resources. Although I loved my dad (he passed away in 2005) I always felt like a burden and that my father didn’t delight in me. Now that I am married, I am so grateful the Lord has shown me unselfishness through my husband. He always has time to listen to me, hold me if I need to cry, and he freely shares our household monies. He never makes me feel like I am too expensive, take up too much time, or that I am in the way.
There are many other qualities I appreciate about my husband. He listens to me. He laughs with me. He supports me and celebrates our differences. He helps me with the housework. He appreciates my cooking. Every day he tells me that he loves me and prays for me. He is my faithful friend.
Maybe you are single, or maybe you are a wife, rather than a husband. These qualities aren’t just for husbands; they are for every relationship.
“Love is patient, love is kind” (1 Corinthians 13:4).
PrayerLord, thank you that you are our model of selflessness. Help me follow your lead of sacrifice in all my relationships. Amen
ApplicationWho do I need to let be themselves and not try to change them?
Related ReadingGalatians 5:26; Ephesians 5:20-21
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