Day one of The Love Dare was about being patient with one another.
Ephesians 4:2 says, "Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love."
Day two of The Love Dare talks about the importance of kindness. How is it that people tend to be kind to strangers and can so easily treat those to whom they are closest with complete disregard? The marriage of two believers is meant to most closely mirror the relationship that Jesus has with the church. What are we showing non-believers when our marriage does not reflect that? Kindness is intentional. It is rubbing your husband's feet at the end of a long day or opening the car door as a sign of respect. It isn't to be treated lightly.
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:32
Day three of The Love Dare is a harder one - "Love is not Selfish". We all want our own way; it's human nature. But it is not the nature of love. Love wants the best for the one to whom it is given. Or as the writers of this beautiful book put it, "Love is never satisfied except in the welfare of others."
Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Romans 12:10
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, Philippians 2:3
The questions Tommy and I asked each other were do our patience, kindness, and selflessness reflect a love that is strong for self or for each other. We agreed we both love one another fully on each count. It isn't always easy. It is a choice to daily prefer another to yourself.
It is our prayer that love is our legacy that will continue through generations to come.
I hope to share daily as we continue our wedding day countdown. Come back by!