1. Excellent thoughts on this! It is far too easy to read something like 1 Cor. 13 and read into it “my spouse needs to do this” instead of just focusing on ourselves and what we need to be doing.

  2. Hi Jolene, great advice as per usual. It is true we should be focusing on our own shortcomings and not those of our husbands. That is between him and God and we know we can trust God. My linky is up again and I would love for you to join in on Wednesday again. I hope that others find you there too.
    God bless
    ps: please add your bloghop to the bloghop directory at http://www.encourage247.com. I would love to see you there! 🙂

  3. This is really great. Thanks for making it clear that when we love the way God does, it’s not by our own strength but because we are children of God and the Holy Spirit lives in our hearts. We don’t do things perfectly, because we’re always sinners, but because we’re also saints, we DO love others (especially our spouse) the way God loves all of us: unconditionally. And you’re so right–when we love our spouse with that Agape love, it makes it easier for them to love us right back. (Have you read/heard of the book “Love and Respect”? It’s all about that concept of each spouse giving 100%.)

  4. Thanks, Jolene, for the linkup. I know it takes time to set up. Your post today was encouraging and I will remember to learn better how to give my husband agape love. I have seen over and over how giving in some way to my husband brings it right back and often in greater amounts of love than I have given to him.

  5. “Choose to love your man, but not in your own strength but rather through the power of the Holy Spirit. You have the power of the Living God dwelling within you. Immerse yourself in the things of the Lord so you can be filled with Agape love. Then let God move freely in your heart and if He’s asking you to lay down your pride or let go of what your man did or didn’t do in your marriage, then do so.”

    Amen, sister! I love this post! This is exactly what I needed to hear. I’ve been struggling just to let go of a lot of things in my life recently and to experience God’s peace in the moment, to live in the present instead of worrying about what happened yesterday and overwhelmed by tomorrow already, and of course this is affecting my marriage. This morning nothing seemed to go right and I felt exhausted and stressed out when I woke up before the day even really started. My dear, sweet husband just came over and hugged me and offered to buy his lunch today instead of me making it. I am so grateful for that moment because I truly needed to be loved – to let God and my husband love me. I felt like I didn’t have anything to give in return, but all God asks of me is to be still in His presence during those moments and to take the “love letters” (often in the form of my husband) He sends. When I made a conscious choice to love my husband using God’s strength – wow! what a difference!

    1. Oh Hannah, what a wonderful testimony of your obedience and God’s faithfulness! A surrendered life in Christ is ALWAYS the best choice…not the easiest, but always the best!

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