"...This is my beloved, and this is my friend..." Song of Solomon 5:16b
Friends can be completely honest with each other, but friendships are strained when truth is not spoken in love. How are you speaking to your beloved? Are you so 'used' to him that you don't appreciate the wonder of friendship? That is your challenge today.
Is your sweetheart your best friend? Does he know this? Have you told him, or do you assume he 'just knows'?
Friendship is something that is cultivated through the good times and the bad. Friends can share their hearts, but they don't step on each others hearts.
The way to have and be a good friend is to cultivate and celelbrate the relationship. As you end the 30-Day Encouragement Challenge, celebrate your friendship with your husband. Get alone and reflect on your beloved friend. Write him a letter, listing the qualities you admire and appreciate about him. If you are creative with words, write and frame a poem about him.
Perhaps you can prepare a special meal, just for the two of you, and read the letter or poem to him. Ask him if you can pray for him, and if he is willing, thank God for your love and friendship, asking for His blessing on your home.
Encouragement, as you have seen these past 30 days, is a synonym for love in action.
Prayer for the day:
Pray that your husband will serve God and others with pure motives. Pray that he will obey the Lord from his heart, and glorify Him in everything. (I Cor. 10:13; John 7:17-18, Col 3:23-24)