July 15, 2018
READ: Ephesians 4:1-16
Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church (v.15).
Each year, my son and I travel to the other side of the country to spend time with his honorary grandparents, Gwen and Jim Johnson. It’s not possible for me to express the significance of these visits and all that my son and I learn from this remarkable couple, each of whom are in their mid-nineties.
Though no longer able to skydive, Jajja (grandmother) Gwen did parachute from the sky on her ninetieth birthday! The Johnsons model a deep faith in Jesus, a contagious zest for life, an unwavering commitment to service and an undeniable love for and devotion to each other.
Throughout their more than 70 years of marriage, Gwen and Jim have exemplified Ephesians 4:2-3 as they’ve treated each other humbly and gently—and that still continues in their golden years. Because they know and trust Jesus, they continue to “be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of . . . love” (v.2). They know that each minute they have on earth is more time to serve Him and His children and to love each other.
Their example of profound love has been evident to my son and me again and again. But this past summer, at the swimming pool, as we watched Jim tenderly rub suntan lotion on Gwen’s shoulder, I thanked God for allowing my son to witness unconditional love between a husband and a wife.
Grandpa Jim and Jajja Gwen, to all who know them, are an example of the beauty that results when people choose to “make every effort to keep [themselves] united in the Spirit, binding [themselves] together in peace” (v.3).
When we allow the Holy Spirit and Scripture to guide us, nothing can veil the beauty God intended for us to experience in our relationships.
365-day plan: Matthew 10:16-42
Read Job 12:12 and consider how growing in Jesus over the years can add to our spiritual beauty.
What can you learn from spending time with someone whose faith is more mature and time-tested than your own? How can you spread God’s beauty to others today?