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Charlyne Cares is a daily reminder that God cares and that we care about your marriage. Each morning Charlyne sends a devotional and Bob does a Prodigal Perspective on Tuesdays. These come from someone who has experienced the tragedy of divorce and the triumph of a family restored by God speaking to Charlyne's heart not to give up on their marriage after she divorced Bob.

Today's Charlyne Cares Devotional

Friday, February 12, 2016

This is one of Charlyne’s favorite teachings as it teaches you how to love your spouse unconditionally when your spouse is living in sin and does not deserve it. Let God’s Word show you how to love your husband or wife unconditionally! Love never fails. You can do it! This is one of the keys that changed Charlyne’s life and then in time, Bob to return home.
 
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LOVE NEVER FAILS
 
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.  1 Corinthians 13:4-8
 
Do you believe that “love never fails?” How would you describe love? Imagine if I interviewed 20 couples who were getting married in February, how would they describe what true love is? My prayer is that every couple getting married will learn the true meaning of 1 Corinthians 13, before they ever marry. The famous “Love Chapter” in the Bible is a beautiful explanation of what every spouse should continuously strive to show their spouse, true unconditional love. How are you doing right now?
 
Each day as we read email and letters, we hear about the hopelessness of so many marriages. The person shares all their circumstances, and then questions how their spouse could ever change their hardened heart or mind. We are always wanting to write back and say, “Never give up on your spouse! It does not matter what they are saying and doing! Believe and trust in the power of your Lord God!” Instead, we pray and ask the Lord to speak faith and hope to the hurting stander’s heart and mind, giving them the encouragement that they need to be able to see God’s divine plan for their marriage. Never give up on God’s future for your marriage!
 
How much do you love your spouse? Are you willing to pay the price of sacrifice by praying, fasting and waiting on the Lord’s timing in restoring and rebuilding your marriage? You may ask, “How do I know the Lord is going to rebuild our marriage?” The answer is by seeking your Lord’s face, asking Him to speak to you in a very special and powerful way.
 

Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom. One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of your mighty acts.  Psalm 145:3-4
 
We challenge you daily to never stop loving your spouse unconditionally. This is how our Lord loves each of us every day, even when we fail to obey His commands. Our Lord is always right there, trying to get our attention when we go on a detour road. He is calling our names, wanting us to have a personal relationship with Him.
 
Are you loving your spouse with tough love or with unconditional love? I know from personal experience that I used “tough love.”  I chose not to listen to my Lord’s soft voice regarding our divorce. I wanted to retaliate. I was hurting and wounded. I wanted our marriage restored, but I did not believe in my Lord’s power, nor did I have any faith. Where are you today? Choose to believe in the power of your awesome mighty God!
 

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1
 
I did not understand, nor was I told by anyone that our marriage problems were a spiritual battle between darkness and light. I reacted and lived by my emotions and feelings. My own hurt and pain turned into anger and bitterness.
 
Due to my lack of knowledge, I chose tough love instead of my Lord’s example of unconditional love that He has for each of us and teaches throughout the New Testament. I did not understand that my Lord would deal with my husband in His own way. The Lord wants both the husband and wife to turn to the Lord, for each one to develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord of their lives.
 

Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. Romans 12:17-19
 
I did not remember the scripture in 1 Corinthians 13 that was read at our wedding, nor did I choose to love my husband with God’s true love. I did not remember or even realize the importance of our marriage vows and the covenant that we made before God. Let me share wedding vows that may remind you of your own during this week of love:
 

“I, (Name), take thee (Name), to be my wife/husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part, and thereto I pledge thee my faith.”
 
Wow! “I will love you regardless of our circumstances for life.” There are many different words that are put in a wedding ceremony, but they all contain the words: love, cherish, honor, and forever. May this be the time that you fall on your knees and cry out to your Lord, realizing that “love never fails” and you do love your spouse, but you hate the sin that your spouse is living in.
 
Yes, you have a choice. What will others say regarding the legacy of your marriage in the future? There is no greater gift you can give your spouse this week than loving your spouse unconditionally, waiting on your Lord to heal and resurrect your dead marriage as He reignites the love in each of your hearts forever!
God bless,

Charlyne Steinkamp
Rejoice Marriage Ministries, Inc.

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