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One Year Love Language Minute Devotional
Are you and your spouse speaking the same language? He sends you flowers when what you really want is time to talk. She gives you a hug when what you really need is a home-cooked meal. The problem isnít loveóitís your love language. The One Year Love Language Minute Devotional is your daily guide to how to express heartfelt love to your spouse.
Three things will last forever-faith, hope, and love-and the greatest of these is love. Let love be your highest goal! 1 Corinthians 13:13-14:1
After thirty years of counseling couples, I'm convinced there are five different ways we speak and understand emotional love-five love languages. Each of us has a primary love language; one of the five speaks to us more profoundly than the other four.
Seldom do a husband and wife have the same love language. We tend to speak our own language, and as a result, we completely miss each other. Oh, we're sincere. We're even expressing love, but we're not connecting emotionally.
Sound familiar? Love doesn't need to diminish over time. The end of the famous "love chapter" of the Bible, 1 Corinthians 13, says that love is of great value and will last forever. In fact, the apostle Paul says that love should be our highest goal. But if you're going to keep love alive, you need to learn a new language. That takes discipline and practice-but the reward is a lasting, deeply committed relationship.
Lord, thank you for creating each of us so differently. Keep me from assuming that my partner thinks and feels the way I do. Please give me the patience to find out how I can most effectively communicate love to my spouse.
LEARNING THE LOVE LANGUAGES
Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us. 1 John 4:11-12
My research indicates that there are five basic languages of love:
- Words of affirmation-using positive words to affirm the one you love
- Gifts-giving thoughtful gifts to show you were thinking about someone
- Acts of service-doing something that you know the other person would like
- Quality time-giving your undivided attention
- Physical touch-holding hands, kissing, embracing, putting a hand on the shoulder, or any other affirming touch
Out of these five, each of us has a primary love language. One of these languages speaks more deeply to us than the others. Do you know your love language? Do you know your spouse's?
Many couples earnestly love each other but do not communicate their love in an effective way. If you don't speak your spouse's primary love language, he or she may not feel loved, even when you are showing love in other ways.
The Bible makes it clear that we need to love each other as God loves us. The apostle John wrote that God's love can find "full expression" in us. If that's true for the church in general, how much more true is it for a couple? Finding out how your loved one feels love is an important step to expressing love effectively.
Father, help me to be a student of my spouse. I want to know how best to show my love. Please give me wisdom as I try to determine my beloved's love language.
About the Author(s)
Dr. Gary Chapman is the author of the best-selling The Five Love Languages (more than 4 million copies sold) and The Four Seasons of Marriage. He is the director of Marriage and Family Life Consultants, Inc.; an internationally known speaker; and the host of A Love Language Minute, a syndicated radio program heard on more than 100 stations across North America. He and his wife, Karolyn, live in North Carolina.
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