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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Love with a Servant's Heart

My husband has a true gift of loving Emma and I with a servant's heart. He is a gentle man with the gift of patience. I always can count on him to be calm in a crisis and to love me with sensitivity. When Jason proposed almost 6 years ago, he first told me he loved me and wanted to spend the rest of his life with me. Of course I said yes through my tears and would have been perfectly happy with that only statement. He put the ring on my finger, but wasn't finished with the proposal. He then went on to tell me the story of Jesus washing the disciples feet and how this action was a witness to having a servants heart. He told me that for the rest of his life, he too wanted to love me with a servant's heart. At that point I didn't know what this love would look like, but over the years he has proved to love with compassion, patience and service. I consider myself to be very blessed to have a husband who is a strong Christian and who puts his family in such high esteem. In having Emma, Jason's servant's love has continued to grow towards me; and now our daughter will also experience this wonderful gift.

1 Corinthians 13
If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast,* but do not have love, I gain nothing.

4 Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant 5or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. 7It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

8 Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. 9For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part; 10but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end. 11When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. 12For now we see in a mirror, dimly,* but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. 13And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.

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