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Greet each other with a sacred kiss. Romans 16:16 (NLT) Comment In the early days of our relationship we very naturally showed each other affection; touching, kissing, holding hands… We would also often say things like: “I really care for you.” “I love you.” “You’re so special.” If you’re still naturally affectionate, celebrate that! If, like me, you’re not regularly expressing...

Summing up: Be agreeable, be sympathetic, be loving, be compassionate, be humble. That goes for all of you, no exceptions. No retaliation. No sharp-tongued sarcasm. Instead, bless—that’s your job, to bless. You’ll be a blessing and also get a blessing.  1 Peter 3 8-9 (MSG) Comment Agreement was crucial in selecting our life partner – not romantic – not much...

Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 Comment Don’t worry – I am not suggesting that you make fake thankful prayers through gritted teeth for difficult circumstances! God wants us to be real with him. However, it is healthy to develop a habit of thanking each other...

… we are like the various parts of a human body. Each part gets its meaning from the body as a whole, not the other way around. The body we’re talking about is Christ’s body of chosen people…. So since we find ourselves fashioned into all these excellently formed and marvellously functioning parts in Christ’s body, let’s just go ahead...

And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, ‘Take, eat; this is My body.’ Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink from it, all of you.’ Matthew 26:26-27 NKJV Comment Grain must be ground, baked into bread and then broken...

Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever. Psalms 125:1 NIV Comment A friend of mine has a high sense of responsibility and he likes to do things well. Some would say he is a perfectionist or a ‘control freak’ even. The down side of his gifting is that he is...

‘Pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you’. Matthew 5:44 NKJV Comment These days generally we don’t tend to think of ourselves as having enemies but if we’re really honest we nearly all have the odd person who we don’t get on with or who just rub us up the wrong way. Dare we say it we might...

Be delighted with the Lord. Then he will give you all your heart’s desires. Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him to help you do it, and he will. Psalm 37:4-5 (TLB) Comment This last couple of weeks in the UK the temperature has dropped considerably, the sun is already setting earlier, exam results are out and there...

For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.  Mat 23.12 NIV Comment The other day I was doing my quiet time and was particularly challenged by this passage and the associated notes (Encounter with God from Scripture Union). In the previous verses Jesus is haranguing the religious leaders. He questions their value...

…the lips of the wise protect them. Proverbs 14:3b Comment In marriage the mouth matters! Sharp retorts or disrespectful words we all know can cause damage. But believing and holding fast to the belief that our husband/wife has goodwill towards us, even when we smart from something we think they’ve said, keeps everything calm and helps us to be slow...