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With Love

Love is a promise and an act. It is safe and protective. It tastes like gooey chocolate chip cookies snatched from the oven before they’re completely cooked. It feels like fuzzy, comfy socks on a cold afternoon, and it sounds like a Jack Johnson song that’s fun and light and a little sassy. It smells like the thick aroma of comfort food that just wraps itself around you. It looks like a wide smile. That’s love to me.

Love is a promise to choose me even when I am most unlovable, which is more often than I care to admit. It also means that I offer that same promise in the other direction; I will choose to love and respect him even when he works too late or leaves clothes tossed on the floor or when he disappoints me.

Love is an act on behalf of the other. I can hang with our girls so he can watch football, and I can understand that he just wants to go outside and bond with our grass on Saturday mornings. Whenever I can beat back my own selfishness, I can express love to him through my actions.

We can scrap like the best of ‘em, but there is even safety in our marital misunderstandings because we are committed to the promise.

I have zero tolerance for someone slammin’ my guy. That’ll draw out sharpened claws, a neck roll and three snaps in a minute. He protects me, and I him, but more importantly, we are diligently protective of us.

We see this kind of love expressed by Jesus; He has promised to love us when we least deserve it. He selflessly acted on our behalf on the cross. He is our refuge, and He is ever protective as our Good Shepherd. During His walk upon the earth, He modeled the love we are to express to our spouses, and as He lives in us He empowers us to love like only He can.

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