“Jesus said, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment.” Matthew 22:37-38
“And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another.” Hebrews 10:24-25
A young couple asked our secret of success for 60 years of marriage. My husband and I listed the three C’s: commitment, communication, and caring. We stated that both of us need to be committed to our marriage. We explained that it is easy to be committed to our relationship when it is going well. When not going well, that’s the hard part.
I Kings 8:61 “Therefore devote yourselves completely to the Lord our God; walking in his statues and keeping his commandments, as at this day.”
Communication needs to be more than, “Take out the garbage.” It involves listening and hearing what the other person is really saying.
James 1:19 “You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger, for your anger does not produce God’s righteousness.”
Caring includes taking time to support and cherish each other every day.
Ephesians 4:32 “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.”
These three qualities can also be important in our faith journey. We need to be committed to our relationship to God. Commitment is an action on our part in response to God. Our communication with God needs to be more than prayer requests. It is important to search and study Scripture to discover God’s messages for us. It involves listening for God’s direction and guidance.
Caring is important for persons and the world. We need to take time to seek out those who may be lonely or troubled. These are ways for caring each day.
PRAYER: God, help us to be committed to your commandments and to listen for your guidance. Show us how to care for others and your world. Amen