Stand The Test of Time

The verse I have chosen from Proverbs chapter 5 today is a little bit raunchy.  But it should be the hope we have for every relationship.

Proverbs 5:1-23

Reference:  v.19  A loving doe, a graceful deer – may her breasts satisfy you always, may you ever be captivated by her love. (NIV Bible)

Explore:  I have the privilege of working in one congregation where the average age is 75 years old.  There are some amazing people in this congregation and everyone has an interesting life story to tell.  There are five couples who come to mind, who are all in their eighties and been married for over 50 years.  In today’s society that is outstanding.  My husband and I haven’t even been married for 10 years yet so it’s hard to imagine being married and living with someone for over 50 years.  When I speak to any of the ten people involved in these couples it is clear to see there is respect, understanding and love shared between them and their partner.  Life has not always been easy for them but their relationship has stood the test of time.

Application:  The verse I have chosen from Proverbs chapter 5 today is a little bit raunchy.  But it should be the hope we have for every relationship: That spouses are satisfied and captivated by each other.  In so many areas of our lives we are encouraged to upgrade to the next model which is bigger, better, faster, stronger.  However, this is not the case with relationships.  Our marriages should be more like fine wine, just gets better with age.  That is the hope that I have for my relationship and I know that hope that God has for our relationship too.

Prayer: Lord, we thank You for the love that You pour out for each one of us.  May we extend that love to others, particularly those in our families.  Amen.

If you are in a relationship what captivates you about your partner?  How are you going to communicate that to them this week?

This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.


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