LOVE LANGUAGES

Today’s Prayer to Passage comes from ‘The Five Love Languages’ by Gary Chapman. This book was given to me by a friend fifteen years ago. It is a keeper. Or give it to another friend and buy a replacement copy.

And I pray, “Dear God, Tell me again why You love, and with such objection to condition. Tell me until it drips into my soul, anointing all those places forgotten on my foolish quest for anything except that love. Amen.”

I was gently and lovingly carried to page 39:

“The object of love is not getting something you want but doing something for the well-being of the one you love.”
—GARY CHAPMAN

In reading The Five Love Languages, I discovered that my primary love language is quality time—with an emphasis on quality conversation. The author defines quality conversation on page 60: “By quality conversation, I mean sympathetic dialogue where two individuals are sharing their experiences, thoughts, feelings, and desires in a friendly, uninterrupted context.” It is no wonder that I have this very love language in my relationship with God. And my love language in this medium, for you to read, is my testimony. Change is life’s only constant besides God’s unending love. When love changes, we can look to what our partner’s love language is. It is most often shown to us by our partner as their own way of offering love, and can be reciprocated to provide what he or she needs to feel fulfilled in return.

If my partner is often complimenting me and building me up with positive comments, his primary love language might be words of affirmation. And how does he like to receive love? You got it. With words of affirmation. If he frequently hugs me, touches my back, and holds my hand, his primary love language could be physical touch. And when he is in need of extra affection, a loving physical touch speaks volumes in his language. Love is as love empathizes.

It is comforting to know that God is in our lives loving us unconditionally. People are gifts from God, supplying us with affinity, companionship, and security. Words of affirmation, acts of service, receiving gifts, quality time, and physical touch are available to us on earth. In prayer, we are free to ask God for this love. And God delivers. A universal language, an eternal gift.

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