January 28, 2015

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“What makes Love last?” (happily ever after)

Marriage love commitment bible verses

Commitment Continuum
Happy Valentine’s Day from God

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 13:1-7, Titus 2:1-7

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Key Bible Verses – Jeremiah 31:3 “Yes, I have LOVED you with an everlasting LOVE; therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.”  1 Corinthians 13:7 “LOVE bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

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Have you ever wondered what makes Love last?
Marriage love commitment bible verses

What makes Love last? what makes Love last a lifetime?

Marriage love commitment bible verses
Where does Love begin?

What makes Love compelling / vibrant vs. just simply compliant / sluggish?

God gives us the answer in the Bible.

One of my new favorite Bible verses about God’s love and commitment to us is in the Old Testament.
Marriage love commitment bible verses

Jeremiah 31:3 God says, “Yes, I have loved you with an EVERLASTING LOVE; therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.”

Marriage love commitment bible verses
God wrote that verse TO US about His Love FOR US.

God’s love for us began with a COMMITMENT … an everlasting commitment to us.

God is obsessed with us because of His commitment to us.

Do you see that?
Marriage love commitment bible verses

COMMITMENT!

Marriage love commitment bible verses
Love that lasts (real love, fresh love, faithful love, enduring love, true love) begins with commitment, not the other way around.  In other words, first, CHOOSE TO COMMIT and you will LEARN TO LOVE beyond the ebb and flow of your feelings.  COMMITMENT DRIVES LOVE … a daily decision and commitment to being committed will drive lasting and renewed love in life and relationships, specifically marriage.  Consider these verses out of the Old Testament on commitment and see if they make it clear.
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Proverbs 16:3

“COMMIT your works to the LORD, and your thoughts will be established.”
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Psalm 37:5

“COMMIT your way to the LORD, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.”
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Do you see it in those verses?  We are talking specifically about the “work” of Love and the “way” of Love.  God says “COMMIT” your work and way “TO THE LORD” and then “your thoughts will be established” and also “He shall bring it to pass”.  What makes Love last?  Where does Love begin?

Marriage love commitment bible verses

COMMITMENT, and first and foremost, COMMIT TO THE LORD!

Marriage love commitment bible verses
Commit first and then your Love will “be established”, and your Love will come to “pass” (love will happen).

Only Commitment drives Love – a daily decision, moment by moment.

Then and only then, will your Love last a lifetime (endure all things).

Then and only then, will your Love last happily ever after.

After all, Love is the greatest thing ever!
Marriage love commitment bible verses

1 Corinthians 13:1-7,13

“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love,
I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.
And though I understand all mysteries and all knowledge,
Though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love,
I am nothing.

And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, but have not love,
it profits me nothing.

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy;
Love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;
Love does not behave rudely, does not seek its own,
Love is not provoked, thinks no evil;
Love does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

And now abide faith, hope, love, these three;
But the greatest of these is love.”

Marriage love commitment bible verses

Personal Application:
 -Rank the current proactiveness and commitment-level of your love for your spouse:
 • resistant (not bought in; actively disinterested)
 • reluctant (just wait and see what happens)
 • existent (simply going thru the motions)
 • compliant (just doing what your told; unemotional)
 • committed (proactive, God-motivated, going the extra mile)
 • compelled (no matter what, finding a way to reach the goal)
 • obsessed (relentless passion to love, serve, give, share, express your love for your spouse)
 -The word 'passion' means to suffer thru. What are you willing to 'suffer thru' to be
fully committed to your marriage covenant with your spouse?
 -Marriage is NOT a partnership; it is a covenant between you, the Lord, and your spouse.
What areas of your marriage covenant do you need to begin to 'entrust' to the Lord so that
He can help you 'bring it to pass'?
 -What 'work' / 'action(s)' do you need to commit to the Lord or re-commit to the Lord
as it relates to your love for your spouse?
 -Love is hard, hard work. Write down the new and renewed commitments you are going to make
for loving your spouse the way God loves you? (remember, God is obsessed with you even as
messed up as you are. hint: He is fully committed to you!)

Bible verses about love and commitment in marriage

Other related Bible Thoughts about marriage, love, and commitment (and sex):
“Is Love a Force, or must we force ourselves to love?”
“The Quintessential 21st Century Submissive Wife”
“Man of the House”
“Sex is Life, not a Lifestyle!”

Marriage love commitment bible verses

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“The Quintessential 21ST CENTURY Submissive Wife!”

Proverbs 31 Woman
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Happy Valentine’s Day from God

Scripture Reading: Proverbs 31:10-31; I Corinthians 7:3-17; I Corinthians 11:3,8-12; Ephesians 5:22-33; Philippians 2:1-13

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Key Bible Verses – Proverbs 31:10,12,25,30 “Who can find a virtuous wife?  For her worth is far above rubies.  She does him good and not evil all the days of her life. Strength and honor are her clothing.  She shall rejoice in time to come.  Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.”

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Gasp!  Huhhhh?  Choke.  Cough.  Deep Breath.  Hmmm.

Say Whaaaat? complete insult or ultimate compliment?
Proverbs 31 submissive wife bible verses

Exactly what does the Quintessential 21st Century Submissive Wife look like?

Proverbs 31 submissive wife bible verses
The same as the quintessential 1000BC submissive wife or 5000BC submissive wife.

Have you read Proverbs 31 lately?

If not, enjoy again the wonder of this gem of a gal, a wonder woman, the intrigue, the artistry, beauty, strength, and value, and permanence of a virtuous wife, a virtuous woman!

Proverbs 31 submissive wife bible verses

Proverbs 31:10-31

“Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies.
The heart of her husband safely trusts her, so he will have no lack of gain.
She does him good and not evil all the days of her life.

She seeks wool and flax, and willingly works with her hands.
She is like the merchant ships, She brings her food from afar.
She also rises while it is yet night, and provides food for her household,
And a portion for her maidservants.

She considers a field and buys it; from her profits she plants a vineyard.
She girds herself with strength, and strengthens her arms.
She perceives that her merchandise is good,
And her lamp does not go out by night.
She stretches out her hands to the distaff, and her hand holds the spindle.

She extends her hand to the poor, Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy.
She is not afraid of snow for her household, for all her household is clothed with scarlet.
She makes tapestry for herself; Her clothing is fine linen and purple.
Her husband is known in the gates, when he sits among the elders of the land.

She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies sashes for the merchants.
Strength and honor are her clothing; She shall rejoice in time to come.
She opens her mouth with wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness.
She watches over the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness.

Her children rise up and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he praises her:
Many daughters have done well, but you excel them all.
Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,
But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.

Give her of the fruit of her hands,
And let her own works praise her in the gates.”
Proverbs 31 submissive wife bible verses

Let’s all say ‘Wow’ together!

Proverbs 31 submissive wife bible verses
That is the timeless description of the quintessential woman, an invaluable wife and mom.  So, what does all this have to do with being submissive?  Great question!  But before we look at that, let’s take a ‘modern’ look at the praiseworthy characteristics of a Proverbs 31 woman.

  • She is a ‘safe’ relationship. (trustworthy, stable, secure, faithful)
  • She is a ‘shopper’. (she shops for quality and affordability)
  • She is a ‘server’ to her family and others around her.
  • She is a ‘savy’, ‘strategic’ decision-maker. (she knows a good deal when she sees one)
  • She is a ‘strong’ woman, and ‘stays fit’. (physically, emotionally, spiritually)
  • Girl got ‘skills’! (she knows she’s gooood)
  • She is ‘secure’ in her abilities and ‘steadfast’ in her efforts.
  • She is ‘social’ and she is a ‘sharer’. (compassionate, engaging, giving)
  • She ‘smiles’ at the future.
  • She is ‘smart’ in what she says. (discerning, wise counselor)
  • She is ‘sharp’ in her appearance and dress (‘show-stopper’ in her own way)
  • She ‘sets up’ her husband and kids for success.
  • She is ‘stunning’. (beautiful on the inside where true beauty lives)
  • She is fully ‘submitted’ to the Lord. (the fear of the Lord)
  • She is ‘satisfied’, first and foremost, in Him.
  • She is a ‘success’ in her own right.

Proverbs 31 submissive wife bible verses

Now that’s the ‘sugar and spice’ and ‘everything nice’ of the quintessential submissive wife (woman)!

Proverbs 31 submissive wife bible verses
Smart, savy, stunning, and secure, but WHAT’S SUBMISSIVE GOT TO DO WITH IT!  It has everything to do with it.

You too can be a submissive wife (woman)!  Isn’t that exciting?  It really is.  Here’s why?  Submitting, being submissive, means this –> “The willingness to set aside selfish wants to seek and serve the needs of others; the willingness to elevate other’s interests and success equal to or even above your own interests and success.”

“The willingness to set
Your relationship with God first and above all else,
Your relationship with your husband second,
Your relationship with your kids third,
Your relationship with others fourth.
In other words,
To serve your husband, kids, and others,
Equal to the interests of yourself,
Perhaps above it at times.”
Proverbs 31 submissive wife bible verses

That is submissiveness!

Proverbs 31 submissive wife bible verses
God says it is the very reason you were created. God says it is how you find beauty, and purpose, and confidence, and security, and contentment, and satisfaction, and ultimately, the praise of God, your husband, your children, and everyone else around you.

What a quintessential woman!

What a wonderful life!
Proverbs 31 submissive wife bible verses

Are you in?

Proverbs 31 submissive wife bible verses
Ready to enjoy the happy life of a submissive wife!

Consider these thoughts from God on making your marriage and motherhood amazing.
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Ephesians 5:21-33

“Submitting to one another in the fear of God.
Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.
For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church;
And He is the Savior of the body.

Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ,
So let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church,
And gave Himself for her,
That He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word,
That He might present her to Himself a glorious church,
Not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing,
But that she should be holy and without blemish.

So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies;
He who loves his wife loves himself.
For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it,
Just as the Lord does the church.
For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones.

For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother,
And be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.
This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself,
And let the wife see that she respects her husband.”
Proverbs 31 submissive wife bible verses

Submission sounds so easy and delightful, right?

Proverbs 31 submissive wife bible verses
It is hard for all of us, on a daily basis, to live out the words above, isn’t it.  To set aside our self, to set aside our selfish wants and desires, to love, and serve, and become fully invested in the life and success of another, as a husband and wife, to leave and cleave, and fully become one.  For sure, it is hard for a guy to really love his wife as Christ loved the church, to submit himself to give to her just like Christ gave to us (died for us).

For sure, it is hard for a gal to really respect her husband as Christ respected us, to submit herself to give to him the respect just like Christ gave respect to us (even as unrespectable as we were).

It is hard for all of us, day in and day out, to submit ourselves to God.

Yet, that is exactly what He has counseled us to do!
Proverbs 31 submissive wife bible verses

God created us from the very beginning to learn to submit!

Proverbs 31 submissive wife bible verses
In life, God created us from the very beginning to submit to Him in every way, to fully enjoy His presence and pleasure and companionship.  In marriage, God created us from the very beginning to become one, fully committed and connected to each other.  And guys, from the very beginning, God created us to lead our wife and family in sacrificial love.  And gals, from the very beginning, God created you to lead your husband and family in sacrificial help and support. (Genesis 2:18-25 & Jesus words in Matthew 19:4-6)

Again, listen to God’s thoughts on His intended purpose for this balance of relational love and support.
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1 Corinthians 7:3-4

“Let the husband render to his wife the affection due her,
And likewise also the wife to her husband.
The wife does not have authority over her own body,
But the husband does.
And likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body,
But the wife does.”
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1 Corinthians 11:3,8-9,11-12

“I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ,
The head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.
For man is not from woman, but woman from man.
Nor was man created for the woman, but woman for the man.

Nevertheless, neither is man independent of woman,
Nor woman independent of man, in the Lord.
For as woman came from man,
Even so man also comes through woman;
But all things are from God.”
Proverbs 31 submissive wife bible verses

That’s the quintessential submissive life the way God created it to be!

Proverbs 31 submissive wife bible verses
How ’bout it, Guys, are you ready to be a submissive husband?  How ’bout it, Ladies, are you ready to be a submissive wife?  God submitted Himself to us, God submitted Himself to serving our needs, when He came to give His life for us (Philippians 2:1-13).  Is He asking to much for you to submit our self to Him, to our spouse, to our kids, to others around us?

Ladies, this is the profile of the quintessential 21st century wife!

These are the characteristics of a submissive life.

Be a woman that will forever be praised!

Be the woman God created you to be.
Proverbs 31 submissive wife bible verses

Submit yourself fully to Him!

Proverbs 31 submissive wife bible verses
And enjoy smiling at the future.

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Other related Bible thoughts marriage and family:
“Man of the House”
“What makes Love last?”
“Sex is Life, not a Lifestyle!”

Proverbs 31 submissive wife bible verses

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