Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered. Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. (1 Peter 3:7-8)

1 Peter 3

One of the things that I am the most grateful for at the beginning of this year is my wonderful girlfriend. This chapter talks about how a wife should adorn themselves with a gentle spirit, and she has exemplified every trait of a godly woman. I also want to love her as Christ loved the church. I want to understand her deeply and fully. She is also my sister in Christ and deserves all of my respect and honor. As I demonstrate my love for her, I also must demonstrate my love for the rest of the body of Christ through sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart and an open mind. These are all gentle qualities that God is all developing in me. He has provided many relationships and opportunities for me to learn those lessons. I just need to be open and obedient to His working in my life. Father, thank you so much for the girl you have brought into my life. Thank you for making me a part of the body of Christ. Please continue to develop the gentle qualities of love that are essential in my relationship and in my service in the church.

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