Staying in Love
There Are Four “Stages of Love”:
- Attraction and interest
- Honeymoon stage
- The comfort zone Stage
- Mature love
Your marriage needs to be built on a Firm Foundation:
Matthew 7:24-27 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
Love is a verb – It is an Action!
Love is not a noun – A thing, a person, or a place to discover.
Philippians 2:3-11 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others above yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of the others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Look at what Jesus did for us:
- He humbled himself to our level.
- He served rather than received.
- He identified himself with others by relating to them.
- He sought after other people’s interests.
- He was obedient.
The result – God exalted him:
- All adoration
- All honor
- All respect
- All praise
YOU NEED TO GIVE MORE TO RECEIVE MORE.
Your spouse will feel better about themselves!
Your spouse will feel like they have more to give!
Your spouse will be a healthier individual!
All of these will allow them to be a better spouse to you. 🙂