Love After Marriage

Aunt Evelyn used to wear the most outlandish outfits to other people’s weddings. She didn’t care that she looked better than the bride. She would say “Next week that bride will be washing floors!”

That’s the truth of it. After the romantic love of the wedding day, reality hits. Here is a verse for when you are washing those floors, the kids are screaming and spouse is late for dinner.

 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.  Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:2-3, NIV)

In light of all this, here’s what I want you to do. While I’m locked up here, a prisoner for the Master, I want you to get out there and walk—better yet, run!—on the road God called you to travel. I don’t want any of you sitting around on your hands. I don’t want anyone strolling off, down some path that goes nowhere. And mark that you do this with humility and discipline—not in fits and starts, but steadily, pouring yourselves out for each other in acts of love, alert at noticing differences and quick at mending fences. (Ephesians 4:2-3, NIV)

Yes, it is two versions of the same verse, but they both say the same thing, don’t they?

Prayer- Lord, give us your kind of patient love, the kind that allows the other to make a few mistakes and still be loved. As it says in 1 John 4:7, beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Amen.

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