How Couples Can Keep The Love Tank Full

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I stood and watched…and I watched in amazement!
The crowd was massive!
Inside the hall was already filled up;
Outside the hall had about 500 chairs by my estimate, which were already filling up… rapidly.

I stood and watched…some walked in casually, others were almost running.
It was the night session of the yearly programme of one of the great ministries in the country, and I was in one of the viewing centres East of the Niger.

I stood and watched…as the multitude pressed, I wondered at the price the set man had paid for this degree of impact…I was deeply awed.
But as each hurried or slurred past, I couldn’t help but ask:
“What seek ye friend? Hand or Face?”

I yet stood and watched…and more thoughts poured into me.
But with this stream of thoughts came a stream of ‘tears’.

A great number of people there were only ready to receive from the LORD, and not ready to give their lives for Kingdom purposes.
I couldn’t help but wonder what my state in particular (and my country in general) would have looked like if this multitude gathered here (and those gathered in several other states of the country) were more of dispensers than receivers…less of spectators and more of players…more of givers than just takers.

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And I believe this also holds true in our marriages.
Our marriage relationships would be better if both parties decide to be more of GIVERS than receivers of love.

But the flesh would always want to receive than to give; therefore for our marriage to progress effectively, we must consciously die to flesh, and allow the spirit gain expression.
We must deliberately work towards being more of givers of love than takers.

We ask, “What can I give?”
And the answer is quite simple:
Start by giving what you expect your spouse to give you.

You expect your husband to give you more time? Then start giving more time to your husband.

You expect your wife to give you more gifts? Then start giving more gifts to her.

If you desire to receive more spontaneous SMS that has the capacity to make you run into someone, literally, if you’re on the road, then start sending more of such SMS.

You desire that your spouse appreciate and affirm you more? Then deliberately start appreciating and affirming him/her more… from the very ‘little’ things up to the very ‘big’ ones.

So decide to be more of a giver of love than a receiver of love, and your marriage may just become better.

And this is Scriptural o, really… hahahaha

“Here is a simple rule of thumb for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you; then grab the initiative and do it for them!”
Luke 6:31 MSG

The point is simple and is this:
Our marriages would be far much better if each involved party works towards being better givers of love than receivers.

CONFESSION FOR THE DAY:
I am a giver; I am deliberate in giving my love.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Energize me Spirit of God; that I be more of a giver than a receiver.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back—given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity.

ACTION PLAN FOR THE DAY:
Map out ways to be a better giver of love to your spouse.

BIBLE READING FOR THE DAY:
Luke 6:27-42

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