I would like to say it is my love story that is the greatest, while Allen and I share a dreamy love life, there is one far greater. The story I am referring to is actually where we draw on our life source and where our story lives and thrives. Without it, we would just be another couple, but with it we are “perfect together”.
So, they were no longer two, but one. Therefore, what God has joined together, let man not separate. Matthew 19:6
I would love to say that we have always lived a God honoring married life but then I would be lying. We have definitely had our share of trials and difficulties. However, the real shift came when we turned our eyes toward our creator during our difficult times and stopped depending on each other as our only source of means to an end.
That’s where this love story begins, God was waiting on us. He was patient with us, He didn’t make us do anything, He simply loved us while we slowly turned our gaze onto Him. He is our source, He gives our marriage life. We trust Him deeply, we were very resistant to His plan for our life for most of our almost 14 years of marriage. In the last year or so, we have clung to God through many trials that we simply could not have faced without Him. The beautiful part of this story is that, He has always loved us right where we are. He has wiped away all of our past regret and hurt, He keeps no record of it.
Last Sunday, our preacher put it this way, “leave the old self in the grave, don’t dig it up”. Read Romans 8 for more on this, verse 12-14 in the Message put it this way:
“So don’t you see that we don’t owe this old do-it-yourself one red cent. There’s nothing in it for us, nothing at all. The best thing to do is give it a proper burial and get on with your new life. God’s Spirit beckons. There are things to do and places to go.”
We have to keep moving forward in our new life, God simply does not remind us of our past failures. There is no need for that, they have been forgiven. Move forward, since we are trying to live our lives like Jesus, we don’t record rights and wrongs in our marriage either. We don’t remind each other of our shortcomings, we don’t hold a record of all of our offenses, we simply love each other for the way that we are. Leave the past in the past, don’t dig it up. It’s like going into a dumpster and digging through trash, don’t bring gross things into your marriage. Leave them in the dumpster, keep the slate squeaky clean. We don’t try to change one another, we pray for each other. We don’t say hurtful things to each other, we build each other up in Christ Jesus. We pour time into our marriage, we invest in each other.
We don’t always get it right, but we both agree that it is worth fighting for. Just as our Christian walk, we won’t always get it right but Jesus is worth fighting for.
For God so loved YOU that He sent His only Son to the Earth to die for YOU! Soak those words in…
What greater Love is there?
Would you sacrifice anyone you love for someone else to have life?
I don’t even want to answer that, let alone think about it, but it is necessary. Think of the person that you love the most in this whole world, would you watch them die a painful death to save everyone else?
Ponder that today, because that is what has been done for each of us!
God laid down the life of His Son for each of us, I feel like the least we can do is live for Him. There is such Joy in living a life for Christ, He feels all of the empty spaces and makes you new again! God is happy when we please Him, not perform for others. Again check out Romans 8 for more on this.
we need Him…we need to be real…show real love…live real lives…honor Him in real time…
God has displayed the example of how we should love, love like He does, it will change your life.
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die, Do you believe this?” John 11:25-26