Love does not give up. Love is kind. Love is not jealous. Love does not put itself up as being important. Love has no pride. Love does not do the wrong thing. Love never thinks of itself. Love does not get angry. Love does not remember the suffering that comes from being hurt by someone. Love is not happy with sin. Love is happy with the truth. Love takes everything that comes without giving up. Love believes all things. Love hopes for all things. Love keeps on in all things.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
On the 8 February, my husband & I joined over 1400 couples across the country reaffirming our wedding vows for the Big Promise. It was really powerful to stop and be reminded of those vows we had taken years ago and our commitment to each other.
Today we are celebrating Valentines Day and although it’s great to have an excuse to be romantic and celebrate our love, in many ways the vow affirmation reminded us of something much deeper. As we reach the end of Marriage Week, we want to return to where we started, with this verse above.
How are you doing in your challenge to love each other sacrificially? Do you ‘love each other in all things without giving up’?
Why not remind yourself of the vows you committed to when you married? You can find the traditional marriage vows here.
Prayer (as a couple):
Dear Lord, we thank you for the vows we made to each other on our wedding day. Please help us keep committed to loving each other in for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish until death parts us. Amen
Prayer (for others):
Dear Lord, we pray for … and … . Help them to step up in their commitment to each other and help us to support them. Amen
Romance is for life not just for Valentines.