Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Matthew 22:37-39, NIV)
- Welcome to Heart2Heart devotional. In part 7 our today’s devotional on this series; I want us to explore a Dad’s Counsel to a Son or Daughter on things to consider in choosing a life partner. I pray it blesses you and do not forget to share with others in Jesus name.
- Choosing a life partner is the biggest decision you’ll make outside of choosing to accept Jesus Christ as Savior.
- Understand that “desire” does not equal love. Desire may be illustrated by a young person who tells you they can’t live without you, that they’re miserable, and that life seems colorless and empty when you’re not around.
- That may be a form of love, but it’s not the sort of love that will hold a marriage together through the years. While they may feel they “need” you today, it’s possible that five months from now you’ll no longer meet their “need,” and they’ll find out that they “need” someone else.
- Real Love is based on commitment, and everything you do is to fulfill, satisfy, and serve the one you love. Real love doesn’t enter a relationship with an expectation to just receive. It enters a relationship to give and give and give.
- Let me illustrate how deceptive the world’s definition of “love” can be. Picture a young couple who has been dating for a few weeks. It isn’t long before this young man tells his girlfriend how much he loves her and how difficult it is to keep his hands off her.
- Pressing her to engage in a physical relationship, he “loves her so much” he can no longer restrain himself. The truth is, any young woman who hears that line should realize that the young man doesn’t love her too much… he loves her too little.
- Actually, he’s not thinking about her. He’s only thinking about himself. He would never rob innocence and purity from one he truly loves. His insistence on a physical relationship only proves one thing: he loves himself much more than he loves her.
- Make sure your life partner loves God more than he or she loves you. Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Matthew 22:37-39, NIV)
- It is so important to observe your partner’s love for God, because the way he or she loves and serves Him will be reflected in the way he or she loves and serves you.
- Make sure your life partner is a person of character: “Blessed are they whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the Lord.” Psalm 119:1, NIV
- Men and women of character are trustworthy in all they do and have an appetite for righteousness. They will keep their word no matter what the cost.
- Make sure your life partner is kind to others: “And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ also forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:32, NKJV). If you don’t see your partner treat others with kindness and grace, in time he or she will be treating you the same way. To be continued. God bless you
CONFESSION OF THE DAY: I am seated with Christ in the heavenly places, a place of power and authority.
DISCUSSION OF THE DAY: I am holding a live Facebook broadcast tonight the 8th of March, 2020 by 9pm. Join me as i teach you on “How to provoke the Rule of justice from the courts of heaven to change your destiny”. Don;t ever miss it. On Facebook, search for “Heart2Heart with Dr Andy” to join the group now.
PRAYER OF THE DAY: Ask God to guide your choice as you search and find the person God has designed as your spouse before the foundation of the world in Jesus name, Amen