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 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

1 Corinthians 13: 4 – 7 (NLT)

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Today we are starting a series of five prayers leading up to Marriage Week. They accompany short Bible studies for couples on the same themes which are available free here.

God is love and he wants us to love one another actively, unselfishly and unconditionally. This Bible passage is familiar to many people and it’s often read at weddings to show us what loving God’s way looks like.

Knowing it and doing it are different things!

I do feel challenged to express my love to my husband in this way.

…patiently HMMM

…not irritable WELL ERR…

…never giving up YOU MEAN NEVER?

…endures through every circumstance…

Reflect together on each aspect of loving God’s way. How you might love each other God’s way this week?

Prayer (as a couple)

Father God, we thank you that you are the source of love and you show us what love is like. Please fill us a fresh with your Holy Spirit and enable us to love one another in your ways. Help us this week especially to love in a way that is…[add the aspect of love you want to focus on]. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

Prayer (for others)

Father God, we pray for … and … Please help them to know your love for them. We pray that this week you would enable them through the power of your Holy Spirit to express love towards each other that is… [add the appropriate aspect(s) of love]. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

Final Quote

Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. 1 John 4:7 (NLT).

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