Friday, November 25, 2011

What Happens at Home, Stays at Home

God bless you this day after Thanksgiving!

This week, my husband Bert is presenting the male’s perspective on the verses we’ve been working through during the month.

Bert’s Perspective on 1 Corinthians 13:7 

[Love] always protects, always trusts, always hopes …(NIV 1984)

This is what comes to mind as I attempt to apply 1 Corinthians 13:7 to my life:

Love protects
• Love shelters the one you love from outside wrong doing by being sensitive to potential threats from others. Love may also include using discretion to protect another’s reputation. In other words, “What happens at home, stays at home.” 

• Of course, we could apply the word “protect” further, to include physical safety for our wives. As a husband, I even protect my wife each time I make sure her car is up to safety standards: checking her oil, and tires, etc. I protect her by keeping up with life insurance policies; and simple things like, when Sheryl and I take walks, I walk on the side closer to the street, thus protecting her from the “wild horses.”

Love trusts
• Love takes God at His word. We can trust that He’s responsible for the changes others need to make in their own lives. The buck stops with Him. We are not responsible to change anyone – except ourselves. So, in the meanwhile, we try to give each other the benefit of the doubt. (Just like we want them to do for us).

• Again, let’s extend the discussion. How can I, as the head of my home, exhibit my trust in God? How do I behave under stress, or when treated unfairly? Do I display trust that God is in control of my life? Is my wife able to rest easier because of my example?

Love hopes
• No man is hopeless. In spite of how we feel, these words, based on Scripture that expresses God’s love for man, demonstrates how we are to practice loving one another.

• Jesus, the Son of Man, loved perfectly throughout His life on earth. We can inherit His optimistic view of love and apply that grace when at home and at work. When we’re tested and tried, due to others lack of love towards us, we can “man up” by not reacting in kind. Think of the Golden Rule.

We’ve all heard this powerful principle: Think about how Jesus would respond before you open your mouth.

I’ve learned when I:
Stop
     Listen
         Think
            And (most of the time) keep my mouth shut, I avoid hurting the ones I love. By the next day, I often don’t even remember why I was so angry.

Protect. Trust. Hope. This is love in its fullest meaning.

Men, am I alone on this?

Keep up the good work, Sheryl. See you at home.

Bert

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