Jesus invited Philip, ‘follow me’. The Greek word for ‘to follow’ means not only ‘to walk in the footsteps’ but also to accompany, to be with. Jesus invites you, too, to a deep, personal friendship with him.
Have you ever noticed how often God uses your spouse to reveal the unyielded areas of your heart? Conflict reveals unresolved issues of pride, independence, and self-love. This happens not only in family relationships; let unforgiveness and unresolved conflict remain in any of your relationships, and darkness slowly begins to creep back in, and you easily lose the sense of dwelling in Father God’s embrace.
It’s amazing how much you can strengthen a relational connection and resolve relational problems by simply speaking in one another’s love languages. Each display of love, no matter how seemingly small, is a powerful act of spiritual warfare that removes anxiety from the environment, replaces it with freedom and safety, and invites each person to bring his or her best self forward in the relationship. Never forget that scared people are bound to show you their worst. People who feel loved on the other hand, will usually show their best.