Today In The Word Daily Devotional

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 16th July 2022

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 16th July 2022

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 16th July 2022

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Today In The Word Daily Devotional 16 July 2022 Written BY Dr. Russell L. Meek (Moody Theological Seminary)

TOPIC: LOVE YOUR SPOUSE

SCRIPTURE: Proverbs 5:1–23

KEY VERSE: May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth. PROVERBS 5:18

MESSAGE

We often say that we love all sorts of things. We love books, songs, shirts, movies, coffee, pizza, dogs, a sports team, or our spouses. It can be confusing when we use the same word to talk about two radically different things. After all, we don’t love the show Matlock the same way we love our spouse. But the overuse of the word “love” points to a larger issue that Solomon addresses in Proverbs 5.

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Solomon explains that love is not primarily an emotion we feel or a preference for one person or thing over another. Instead, as Solomon shows us, love is a verb; it’s a way of acting toward another person with whom we have a relationship. Solomon tells his son how to love his wife with his actions. First, he should protect his relationship with her by avoiding the adulterous woman (v. 3) at all costs (v. 8). Note that while Solomon is writing specifically to his son; the “adulterous woman” could equally apply to adulterous men.

Second, he tells his son to cultivate a relationship with her to the point that he is “ever . . . intoxicated with her love” (v. 19). While the context of this passage is sexual, we shouldn’t think Solomon’s advice refers only to sex—he is talking about the entire marriage relationship.

Solomon paints a picture of love based on more than emotion (though love is emotion) and more than affection or preference (though both are meant too).

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 16th July 2022

Solomon’s depiction of love is oriented toward specific actions, namely protection and cultivation. Most marriages have rough spots because humans marry other humans, and that’s why it’s so important to realize that loving our spouse isn’t primarily a feeling we have about them.

>> Compare Solomon’s depiction of love as action to our modern understanding of love and marriage. Is it the same or different from how we view love and fidelity today?

Pray with Us

You are the author of truth and love. Therefore, we trust Your Word about what love is and isn’t. Show us any worldly lies we believe about the protection and cultivation of love—in friendship, in family, or in marriage.

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Dr. Russell Meek teaches Old Testament and hermeneutics at Moody Theological Seminary. He is a columnist for Fathom magazine and writes widely for lay and academic audiences about all things Old Testament and its relationship to the Christian life. Russell, his wife, and their three sons live in north Idaho, where you’ll find them gardening, cooking, and exploring the wild.

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 16th July 2022

JESUS IS COMING SOON!!!

ARE YOU BORN AGAIN? IF NO, ACCEPT JESUS NOW

Accept Jesus Christ today and secure a life of eternal rest and Glory …

Say this 1 Minute Prayer

Lord Jesus, I believe you died for my sins, Forgive me of all my iniquities. I accept you as my Lord and Saviour from today and forevermore. Come and Be the Lord of my lif and I am willing to obey your command and live according to your will as you help me, Thank you for accepting me into your fold. AMEN

JOHN 3: 3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God

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