Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Building Strong Marriages (Part five)

Building Block of Unconditional Love

A strong marriage is built on unconditional love! Unconditional love is a till death do us part, not until we get tired of each other or until things get rough and then we jump ship! A husband and wife are to love each other unconditionally and unreservedly through sickness or health for better or worse! The husband is specifically instructed to love his wife in Colossians 3:19 and Ephesians 5:25. Likewise the wife is also to be instructed to love her husband as Titus 2:4 tells us. 

This kind of love doesn’t happen overnight and this type of love is really not possible humanly, but through Christ all things are possible! This is love from God Himself, the Bible calls it “Agape Love”! The Spirit of God dedicates a whole chapter of what this kind of love looks like! 1 Corinthians 13 defines this love that God has poured out in the heart of the believer that ought to be displayed in the life of the Christian, especially in the Christian marriage and home! Take a closer look at 1 Corinthians 13:

• Love is patient: Think of how patient you need to be a husband and wife need to be with one another, two lives coming together, constantly adjusting.
• Love is kind: looking to help one another, looking to give and not take in the marriage.
• Love does not envy: this means that the husband and wife does not resent the other in any area such as time spent at work or with friends.
• Love does not boast: about what they do better than their spouse.
• Love is not proud: humbling admitting when wrong.
• Love is not rude: in the way you speak to your mate.
• Love is not self-seeking: Looking for opportunities to serve the other.
• Love is not easily anger: not raising your voice, even if your spouse does.
• Love keeps no record of wrongs: not bringing up the past mistakes.
• Love does not delight in evil: does not pressure your partner to do wrong.
• Love rejoices in the truth: by acknowledging reality and changing when needed.
• Love always protects: never criticizing your mate in the eyes of others.
• Love always trust: causing the marriage to be a safe harbor.
• Love always preserves: securing the home from all adversity.
• Love never fails: even when youth, health and energy may fail.

Marriage is not 50/50; marriage is me giving 100 percent even if my mate is not! This is impossible in our own strength. But this kind of love comes from the Lord who empowers us as we. This is the kind of love He displayed toward us when He loved us and gave Himself for us on the Cross, even while we were sinners and didn’t deserve His love. This kind of love is unconditional and unreserved and it will strengthen your marriage!

Tim Hadley Sr.

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