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Update from New Beginnings Married Ministry

Posted by on May 13th, 2013 with Comments Off on Update from New Beginnings Married Ministry

2656_59249984261_172672_n“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. … God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.” (1st John 4:7-9 & 16)

Every other Friday Marcia and I are blessed to have a great group of married couples join us for a time of encouragement, inspiration, and discipling in their marriages. Although we host and direct these meetings, the group has become its own support group with each person a loved and essential part of our little family together. Recently we have been going through 1st Corinthians 13 – the love chapter. In order to set the standard of what love looks like, we have used the above scripture (1st John 4:7-9 & 16) as a foundational example for the definitions of love in 1st Cor. 13. To break this down, the Bible says God is love and love comes from him. In order to love we need to be conduits to God and his love for us. If we live in love (and have gone from darkness to light) God’s love will live through us and then we can share that love with others, especially our wife or husband. In Colossians 1:15 the Bible states that the Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. So to further illustrate: God is Love, if we live in God we live in love, and Jesus is our example or our “picture” of what God’s love looks like. Keeping all of this in mind we can now go through the scriptures of 1st Corinthians 13, look at the description of love, see how Jesus illustrates that love for us, and finally evaluate how we – who are loved so much by God – should love our husbands or wives this way.

Some of the little nuggets that we have uncovered so far are:
Nugget One: Love is Patient – A defensive part of love, it holds back and reframes.

Nugget Two: Love is Kind – An offensive part of love. It involves calculated and thoughtout forward action.

Nugget Three: Love involves knowing our spouses Love languages and meeting them even if it feels unnatural or uncomfortable:
– Acts of Service
– Verbal Affirmation
– Quality Time
– Physical Touch
– Gift Giving

Nugget Four: Love keeps no records of wrong. If God forgives us completely for our mistakes and sins, how can we not forgive our spouses when they hurt us?

Nugget Five: Halt from emotionally charged conversations when:

Nugget Six: We need other spiritual men and women in our lives to have great marriages.

Bob and Marcia Bertalot

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