Do you struggle with showing or feeling love? Perhaps others try to be loving towards you but it just doesn’t seem to get through. Maybe you struggle to show those around you how much you love them. Gary Chapman provides hints and tips on how to change this in his book on the “Five Love Languages”:
1. Words of affirmation (compliments)
2. Quality time
3. Receiving gifts
4. Acts of service
5. Physical touch
If people express their love towards us in our preferred “love language” we can feel very loved, sadly if they don’t we can falsely feel “empty”, unloved.
If my son’s key love language is gifts – and all I ever do is give him are acts of service and quality time – he may never truly understand how loved he really is. His “love tank” would feel empty. For him to feel loved, he may need gifts. If my daughter’s love language is acts of service and I always make her do everything for herself – she might feel unloved no matter how many gifts and hugs I shower her with.
Supposing your love language is physical touch and someone lavishes you with affirmation and quality time, you still may not feel loved unless they also hug you and physically touch you. Identifying which love language is most important to you or the ones you hold dear could be the first step to transforming key relationships. Too often we expect others to be mind readers and yet complain when they expect the same of us! Tell them your preferences and watch that “love tank” fill up! Your love language may be completely different to those around you.
Think back to key relationships in your life and when they started:
1. What was it that won you over or made you click together?
2. How could you use the different love languages in your life to fill your own “love tank” and that of others….?
3. What love language is best for your nearest and dearest? Share this and find out!
Once you’ve identified your primary love language it may help you to do a bible study on your preferred love language and build up a picture of how much God loves you. Psalm 139 is an awesome place to start your search….
1O LORD, you have examined my heart
and know everything about me.
2You know when I sit down or stand up.
You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.
3You see me when I travel
and when I rest at home.
You know everything I do.
4You know what I am going to say
even before I say it, LORD.
5You go before me and follow me.
You place your hand of blessing on my head.
6Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too great for me to understand! Psalm 139:1-6 (NLT)
- Gary Chapman http://www.5lovelanguages.com/
- 1. Words of affirmation (compliments) – https://bible.org/article/who-does-god-say-i-am
- 2. Quality time – http://www.godlife.com/godlife/prayer-letter/god-is-asking-you-out-on-a-date
- 3. Receiving gifts – http://www.openbible.info/topics/gifts_from_god
- 4. Acts of service – http://viaemmaus.wordpress.com/2010/05/31/dont-forget-what-god-has-done-for-you-a-list-of-passages-that-summarize-redemptive-history/
- 5. Physical touch – Read Song of Solomon
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