Languages of Love

“And a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud,
“This is my beloved Son; listen to him.” Mark 9:7

Jesus took Peter, James, and John with Him, and they walked up a high mountain. He was transfigured there, and the clothing of Jesus became a radiant white. Moses and Elijah appeared and talked with Jesus. Not knowing what to say, Peter offered to make tents for the three of them. Then, they heard God tell them that Jesus was His Son. The command, listen to Him.

We listen to Jesus through reading the Bible, praying, waiting, praising, confessing, and much more. Listening intently is foundational in our relationship with Jesus.

Listening is also foundational in our marriages. Gary Chapman has gifted us with some insight in The 5 Love Languages.

Although we can be predominant in one or two of the love languages that Gary Chapman reveals, Jesus used all of the love languages, even more than five.

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How to Experience & Express God’s Love According to Dr. Gary Chapman

God's Love Languages

The way that we express ourselves depends upon many factors, including our backgrounds, cultures, experiences, and values.

Through his many years of counseling, Dr. Gary Chapman has concluded that five primary love languages exist with varying dialects or subdivisions within those love languages.

Dr. Chapman spoke of these languages at a marriage conference that we attended. Learning our primary love languages and how to speak in my husband’s love language changed our marriage for the better.

I was intrigued when I learned of his updated book, God Speaks Your Love Language: How to Experience and Express God’s Love.  Continue reading How to Experience & Express God’s Love According to Dr. Gary Chapman

Links for Walking with God

As we walk with God, it is helpful to glean what others have learned along their walk with God. May these links bless you in your walk with God.

Promises of God

His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. 2 Peter 1:3-4

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Renewing First Love

“But I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place—unless you repent.” Revelation 2:4-5

In Taipei, Taiwan, Keith and I saw a new bride and bridegroom being photographed by the word “LOVE.” They even took photographs with a babydoll. Their love journey was just beginning. This couple’s anticipation was high, and their future was bright.

I wonder what their love journey will look like with mountains of diapers, stacks of bills, and debilitating sickness.

According to Jesus, love can be rekindled. What if we took Him at His word? He gave us a formula:

Remember + repent + do = first love.

Simple words that indicate that love is a choice, and it is a verb. It’s looking back and thinking about where your love journey exists in the present and where your love journey started.

If you find that you have lost that first love, it is turning from your present, mourning that loss, and then doing what you did when you were experiencing that first love. Granted, Jesus was talking about the Christians in Ephesus losing their first love for Him, but this principle can be applied to marriages as well.

Do you remember what you did before you got married and during the first years of your marriage? That’s the key to rekindling that first love: remembering the anticipation of being with your love, the careful preparations before the dates, the long phone calls after the dates, gazing into each other’s starry eyes, drinking in each other’s essence, the “tingles,” in Gary Chapman’s words.

It’s a promise: Remember + repent + do = first love. Won’t you possess this promise?

May the Lord richly bless you with a passionate and deep love for your spouse.