Love Languages

Over the month of February, I tend to think a lot about love, because of Valentines Day. A wise friend recently said to me, “it’s really all about relationships”. This is a concept that I want to explore. “Relationship before rules” is a philosophy that we try to have in our home. Sometimes relationships can seem difficult to foster. We feel hurt, misunderstood or get impatient with each other. I have found Gary Chapman’s books on Love Languages extremely simple, practical and they bring great understanding to our relationships. It starts with understanding that we all have ways that we feel loved.

What makes you feel most loved? The five love languages are:

  • quality time
  • words of affirmation
  • gifts
  • acts of service
  • physical touch

Take the quiz to find out your love language.

This knowledge is also extremely practical to help foster loving relationships with our kids. Gary Chapman also has a book for parents about kids as well.

Gary talks a lot about the concept of a “love tank” and that our “love tanks” can become empty if our love needs aren’t being filled.

Of course God’s love for us is the greatest; it is good beyond what we can comprehend. In fact, though we try to love each other, only God can meet our deepest love needs; and he will, if we ask him to.

“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses all knowledge-that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”

Ephesians 3:17-19

Now that is a great passage!

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