'Let the husband render to his wife the affection due her, and likewise also the wife to her husband.' 1 Corinthians 7:3 NKJ
Shah Jahan wanted to build something epic in memory of his recently–deceased wife. So he took her coffin and ordered the construction of the majestic white Taj Mahal to begin around it. How sweet. But. During the process, which took many years, he went one day to check the work and tripped over an old wooden box. He threw the box out in a huff. You can see where this is going… It took him months to figure out it was his wife’s coffin. Eeeeesh. There’s a lesson in that which relates to 1 Corinthians 7:3. And you don’t have to be married to start practicing it. Giving people ‘the affection due’ to them is important, whether they’re our Mrs or Mr or not. Now, when we say affection, we don’t mean cuddles. We mean respect, attention, help… y’know, basic human stuff that applies to every relationship we have. Mostly, we approach our friendships and family relations with decent intentions. We want to give others the attention and respect they deserve. But, life happens. We can get so wrapped up in the stuff we do, the things that we’re (probably metaphorically) building, that we neglect those that need our love. Not massively, but we can get snappy, not reply to that text, or generally push someone to the bottom of our priorities. Not great. Especially when you check out Matthew 7:12 (go on…read it). Yup. The bottom line is, people matter more than the busy–ness that takes up most of our lives. And it’s vital to show them. What could you do with right now? Food? A cup of coffee? Help with cleaning? Whatever it is, make/do it for someone else, before doing your own.
SoulFood: Gen 24:1-25:18, John 13:18-30, Ps 14, Prov 31:22-24
WORD4TODAY (an adaptation of The Word for Today authored by Bob & Debby Gass) is published under licence by Vision Christian Media. 2015 UCB International Ltd