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October 17, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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Indebted to Love
“Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not bear false witness,’ ‘You shall not covet,’ . . . are all summed up in this saying, namely, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.”—Romans 13:8–10 (NKJV)
In the 13th chapter of Romans, Paul reminds us that as recipients of God’s grace and perfect redemption plan, we are in His debt to love Him and others. In this section, Paul’s primary goal is to instruct Christians on how they should behave with all neighbors (both believers and nonbelievers). This holds much weight for how we should act with those of the faith, especially our spouse.
If you look closely at the commandments above, they serve as protection for our relationships. They forbid adultery, murder, and theft. They limit our sinful nature and personal freedoms so we don’t harm others. Paul is saying the underlying motive behind these commandments is love. In other words, obeying the law is an act of love. Love is a verb, and it’s shown by what you do and how you show God’s love. In line with Valentine’s Day happening this month, there are so many ways to show love. So, take a moment today to think of ways you will show love!
And although buying flowers and chocolates for your spouse may seem frivolous, it’s important we don’t forget about the wonderful gifts of God’s forgiveness and His amazing grace have granted us. Let us pray this month He gives us abundant love for others (especially our spouse) so everyone who interacts with us can get a taste of His powerful love!
Finally, let everything we do be done heartily “as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ“ (Colossians 3:23 NKJV).
Date Night Ideas for February
Challenge 1: Recreate Your First Date
If possible, recreate your first date right at home, as best as you can remember. It can be as fancy or as laid back as the first time you went out. Try your best to recreate the ambiance (music, colors, food, and outfit) to show your spouse you cherish that date and hold it in a very special place.
Challenge 2: Take a Virtual Cooking Class
These days there are so many classes you can take online with other couples. Online cooking courses are becoming very popular because they’re safe and, not to mention, so much fun! You don’t have to leave home, and you can cook together in your kitchen!
Challenge 3: Rom-Com or Favorite TV Show Marathon
Stay home and get as comfy as you want. Then sit back and binge-watch your favorite movies, TV shows, or romantic comedies! Snuggle up with some homemade popcorn and enjoy the side-by-side time spent together as you watch your favorite shows or movies.
Did you take advantage of one of these ideas? We want to hear from you! Share your dates on social media by using the hashtag #SoFloDateNight and tagging @CCFLCouples. You can also e-mail MarriedCouples@CalvaryFTL.org about your date night story!
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