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'Love never gives up.' 1 Corinthians 13:4 GWT

Imagine you're married. You and your spouse never disagree and never get cross at or annoy each other. Household chores are shared equally. Your priorities are identical. You hate spending time apart because you're completely happy in each other's company. And, you've probably guessed by now that we're not being completely realistic here...

We can get so caught up in the idea of a 'perfect marriage' (based on 'happily-ever-after' movies or our own ideals), that when we finally are in a serious relationship, reality can clash with the fantasy we've created in our minds. We forget that every relationship is made up of imperfect people with weaknesses and failings. So, if we're banking on perfection in a romantic relationship, we will be disappointed when the difficulties and stresses of life test that fantasy.

Perhaps we need to re-think our definition of a 'perfect marriage'. The Bible tells us: 'Love is patient... kind... isn't jealous...doesn't sing its own praises... isn't arrogant [or] rude. It doesn't think about itself... isn't irritable... doesn't keep track of wrongs... isn't happy when injustice is done, but it is happy with the truth. Love never stops being patient, never stops believing, never stops hoping, never gives up' (1 Corinthians 13:4-7 GWT). Unselfish love like this, daily, is what keeps two people together.

So what now? Read through 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 again. Highlight any areas of love you need to work on. And, of course, this definition of love is not only for marriage - it applies to all relationships in our lives!

Soulfood: Deut 22-24 Mk 7:24-37 Ps 44:1-8 Pro 12:7-9,

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