Communicating Love. Daily Devotional by Gary Chapman
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.