We have come to the final installment of my series on common problems in a marriage. You can read part 1 and part 2. Today, we will tackle the difficult subject of love. Love should not be a complicated issue in marriage, right? Isn’t that why we get married? We “fall in love” and plan to live happily ever after. There is nothing wrong with the desire to be loved. However, when “being loved” turns into the demand to “feel loved”, a very painful and destructive corner is turned in the marriage.Read More
My trial may be different from yours, but it’s not really about the trial. It’s about the One who brings us through it. I can share with you how God has been faithful to me, and you can reciprocate.Read More
Although loneliness and being alone can go hand in hand, this isn’t necessarily always the case. Some of the time, being alone isn’t a negative thing unless it is causing the person to feel an inner emptiness. Loneliness is a frequently expressed complaint in counseling, both secular and Christian. Loneliness and insecurity often occur simultaneously, and that often bears destructive fruit. A lonely person is tempted to cope with the pain with something — anything — that might bring some relief. If that relief is not found in Christ, the loneliness will continue to be a struggle.Read More
You were created to glorify God (Isaiah 43:7). How are you doing right now, in this relationship with your daughter-in-law? If you sense conviction that you have been sinning in this relationship, repent and ask the Lord to help you love her. If this is a struggle, meditate on all that God has forgiven in your life, and the ways that He has loved you, even in your sin and rebellion.Read More
A popular Christian rock group once said that love is a verb, and this is true based on what we see in the Scriptures. Biblical love is very different from the cheap love of the world. Biblical love is patterned after the love that God in Jesus Christ has for us. In marriage, biblical love is enduring; is verbalized (Jeremiah 31:3); is compassionate (Psalm 112:4); is demonstrated by action (Romans 5:8), and is self-sacrificial (John 10:11).Read More
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