As Brian shared about how marriage can be like cultivating a garden, I thought about how exciting it is when the harvest comes in. How a good crop produces vegetables and fruit that are both beautiful and delicious. I have even seen artwork depicting a cornucopia of different fruits and vegetables. There is great satisfaction and celebration when the harvest finally comes in.
However, there is a great deal of strategic and arduous work that precedes the harvest. The "fruit of one's labour" is preceded by action and lots of it.
@RickWarren writes, "Don't wait for inspiration to create action. Let your action create inspiration."
That if we choose to speak kind words, we will begin to feel more kind.
That if we will act in a loving way, our hearts will begin to feel a greater love.
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
Put in Love.
Sometimes when I put on some new clothes, I just feel energized. Paul tells us to clothe ourselves with all these virtues and most of all to put on love. Action then feeling. So that's what mature love is. A love that works first, then is swept into the powerful emotion of love by the very momentum of it's on action.
Great work if you can get it,