How Long? Part 2
Previously I shared how the Apostle Paul treated those who mistreated him. In 2nd Corinthians 12:15 we read: “And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.” How can someone very gladly with great pleasure, spend and be spent for someone who isn’t loving back?
Too often the problem isn’t that they aren’t loving us back but that we love only to receive. This reminds me of the story of the woman who went to her lawyer and in a tirade said she was finished with her miserable marriage and wanted a divorce! In fact she stated that she wanted to take her successful rich lawyer husband to the cleaners! He sat and listened to her long list of complaints. When she finally came up for air he asked her if she wanted to get even in a way he would never forget. She was in! He told her that he has given this same plan to others and it has worked every time. He said that he had a long list of wives who ended up being extremely happy by following what he called, “30 days of total satisfaction!”
She couldn’t wait. For the next 30 days all she needed do was to treat him like a king; cook his favorite meals, greet him at the door with a hug and kiss, speak to him kindly and encouragingly, and make him feel as if he was the most important person in the world! Then after 30 days, put a note on the table letting him know what he could have had, and that she wasn’t ever coming back! She loved the idea!
Two months later the lawyer saw the woman in the grocery story and asked how things were going. She looked at him and said that he wouldn’t believe what happened. During those 30 days her husband completely changed. “He started to act like the husband I’ve dreamed of and we are happier than we’ve ever been.”
“And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you…” You’ll never know if this will work unless you try.