Encouragement for Marriage
Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, and serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. Romans 12:10-13
Have you asked your spouse how they like a household task done? Thank goodness my daughter asked me one day.
“’Mom’, my daughter asked, ‘why do you fold Daddy’s laundry that way’”? “Dad likes them folded this way and I love him so that is why I do it they way he likes”.
I use to not have that approach. I use to do it “my way” in protest. But, as I was reading in Romans 12, I realized I wasn’t letting my love be genuine. I had an opportunity to show love, honor, hospitality, and affection, but instead I wanted to win the battle of “my way is better”.
How could this passage change the way you interact with your spouse?
Are there areas you could live out this passage in your marriage?
Are there issues of pride or the desire to be right keeping you from loving well?