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Daily Devotion – Unselfish Love

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Today’s Scattered Seeds

It was 1986. REO Speedwagon was playing on the radio, I was sitting in the front of Michael’s Silver Dodge Colt, and I was in love. Deeply in love. I had fallen into crush with this man and there was no going back.

To me, love was that sudden rush of adrenaline I had each time he called. The butterflies I felt when his hand brushed up against mine. My inability to eat when we were out together. A longing to see him when we were apart. And of course, that nervous feeling just before we kissed.

That kind of love didn’t call for any sacrifice on our part, but it would and did as time went on. And so, after 32 years of marriage, I’ve come to appreciate the importance of Paul’s words,

With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:2-3, KJV)

I find a footnote in the Amplified Bible that reads, “The key to understanding this and other statements about love is to know that this love (the Greek word agape) is not so much a matter of emotion as it is of doing things for the benefit of another person, that is, having an unselfish concern for another and a willingness to seek the best for another.”

Are we gentle and kind with our spouse? With our friends? Are we living a life that’s worthy of our calling? Whether we’re married or we’re dating, or we’re single, we’re called to love from a sacrificial place of giving for the benefit of others.

God doesn’t give us these words for the sake of rules. He gives them to us because He knows the recipe for a good relationship includes more than a feel-good vibe. He knows the benefits that come to those who humbly and patiently love because He humbly and patiently loves.



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With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:2-3, KJV)


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Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve come to learn that relationships aren’t always easy, but that marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a treasure worth fighting for.

She began her publishing journey about twelve years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.

It was also during this transition that she worked alongside actress Candace Cameron Bure to write the NYT Best-Selling book, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical FitnessReshaping it All was the winner of both the 2011 USA Best Book Awards and the 2012 Christian Reading Retailers Choice Awards.

Author of more than 15 books, Darlene continues to write and to minister to her readers through her blog at TimeWarpWife.com.

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You are loved by an almighty God,

Darlene Schacht
The Time-Warp Wife

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