By Pastor Joe Romeo
1 Corinthians 13:4–7 in Marriage
In 1 Corinthians 13:4–7, Paul writes, “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” Several years ago I read an article by Richard Mayhue on how married couples might apply these words in their marriages. I want to share his insights with you. May the married couples at Crossroads Community Church resolve to live out these truths:
1. “Love is patient.” Therefore, I will bear with my spouse’s worst behavior, without retaliation, regardless of the circumstances.
2. “Love is kind.” Therefore, I will diligently seek ways to be actively useful in my spouse’s life.
3. “Love does not envy.” Therefore, I will delight in the esteem and honor given to my spouse.
4. “Love does not boast.” Therefore, I will not draw attention to myself exclusive of my spouse.
5. “Love is not arrogant.” Therefore, I know I am not more important than my spouse.
6. “Love rejoices with the truth.” Therefore, I will not engage my spouse in ungodly behavior.
7. “Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” Therefore, I will be marriage/spouse oriented, resolve to believe the best about my spouse at all times, and pray God’s richest blessings upon my spouse.