For a while it was becoming big business for people to purchase black roses, dead roses, nasty tasting chocolates and the like to give to ex-girlfriends or boyfriends. It was intended to hurt the ones who hurt you. That doesnt seem quite in the Spirit of love. Christ teaches us a different way to live!
38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ 39 But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. 40 And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. 41 If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. 42 Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Pray for those who are your “enemies” today and share the love of Christ with them.
Now to some ideas for the man in your life. If you ask most men what they wanted, it would be a similar reply: “I dont need anything. I just need your unconditional love.” BUT, you still probably want to share that in a special way this weekend. So, I scoured the internet to discover new and exciting gifts for men. There really arent any. Socks, coffee mugs, underwear and cologne were listed in almost every article I read. There is nothing really exciting that I have to share. But, this I know. Men, just like women, just want to know that they are appreciated and important. Actually, men need to hear that much more than women I believe (we have frail egos). A card with a top ten list of things you love about us will go very far. But above all TIME. Find ways to spend time together or even give him some time alone to do what he wants. I know one of the frustrations I often have is constant interruptions. They are all for good and legitimate reasons, but I rarely get uninterrupted time. A gift Cathy once gave me was she took the kids away for the day to allow me to do whatever I wanted. I loved it and was very productive. Another thing that a friend of mine once received was the “Honey We’ll Do” list. You have all heard of the HONEY DO list? Well, this was a gift from the wife and children of things that they would help with that he normally was in charge of. For example, he typically was in charge of dusting and vacuuming the house. They promised to do that for him for a week. He loved it. No matter what gift you give him this week, if it is in love, it is enough and will be appreciated.