February Bible Reading Plan

Welcome to the month of February!

This month we are going to take a deeper look at the topic of true love in order that we may recognize it when we find it and nurture healthy, loving relationships.

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Finding True Love in Today’s World

In today’s fast-paced, digitally-driven society, the quest for true love often seems more challenging than ever before. As Christian women, we yearn not only for romance but for relationships rooted in Christ—connections that reflect the love, patience, and kindness described in the Bible.

But what does true love really look like, and how can we recognize and nurture it in our modern world?

Identifying True Love

True love, as defined by the Bible, goes far beyond the superficial attraction celebrated in much of today’s culture. In 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, we find a profound description:

Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

This passage doesn’t just describe love; it calls us to action, to love actively and selflessly in ways that go beyond feelings.

The biblical figures Ruth and Boaz provide a perfect example of this love in action. Ruth’s dedication to her mother-in-law Naomi and her respectful behavior towards Boaz demonstrate true love’s selflessness and kindness.

Boaz, in return, acts with integrity and generosity, ultimately redeeming Ruth in a way that ensures their mutual wellbeing (Ruth 2-4). Their story is not just a love story but a lesson in mutual respect and support.

Challenges to True Love

Despite its beauty, true love faces many challenges in today’s world. One of the most pervasive is the distraction of our digital lives, where superficial interactions often replace deep communication.

Cultural misconceptions about love—that it should be easy, always exciting, or that it can be found instantly—further complicate our understanding and expectations of relationships.

Biblical couples also faced significant challenges. Consider Abraham and Sarah, who endured decades of waiting to see God’s promise fulfilled, as recounted in Genesis 18. Their journey teaches us about patience and faithfulness, qualities essential to nurturing lasting love in any era.

To overcome challenges to true love, we need to cultivate patience, spend quality time building relationships, and engage in honest communication. Philippians 2:3-4 guides us in this.

Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.

Philippians 2:3-4

This mindset encourages us to look beyond our desires and to genuinely care for others.

 

Applying True Love in Our Relationships

True love is not limited to romantic relationships. It should permeate every aspect of our lives, from how we interact with family and friends to how we conduct ourselves in the broader community.

In marriage, Ephesians 5:25 provides a clear directive:

Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it.

Ephesians 5:25

This command for sacrificial love applies equally to both partners and forms the foundation of a strong, loving relationship.

But how do we apply this in practical terms?

  • First, by committing to daily acts of kindness, forgiveness, and support.
  • Second, by nurturing our own spiritual growth, because a relationship rooted in Christ is more likely to thrive.
  • And finally, by using challenges as opportunities to strengthen our relationships rather than weaken them.

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Wrapping Up

True love, as depicted in the Bible, is a complex yet profoundly rewarding journey. It involves more than just emotion; it requires action, commitment, and growth.

Whether you are seeking a husband, aiming to enrich existing relationships, or hoping to better understand God’s love, remember that the Bible offers invaluable guidance on how to achieve genuine, lasting connections.

Let’s cherish and apply these divine principles, embracing true love in all its fullness and complexity.

Prayer for February

Dear Lord, guide me in my journey to find and nurture true love in my life. Help me to love as You love, with patience, kindness, and selflessness. May my relationships glorify You and be a testament to the enduring power of Your Word. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Finding True Love Bible reading plan study questions and worksheet

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