“Thank you for the offer. And for the plane ticket. But I can’t just up and leave. I can’t just start a new career and a new life without my wife by my side. She means the world to me. She’s my everything.”
The voice on the other end of the line says: “Okay. Are you sure? This is too good of an offer to pass up.”
He replies: “Yes. I am sure. And you are right; it is too good of an offer to pass up. But I have something better – in her.”
-Excerpt from new writing project Love Chronicles
Great is His faithfulness (Lamentations 3:23). His steadfast love, His everlasting mercy, and His boundless grace is what pursues us relentlessly – even when we are at odds with Him. God is faithful because He cannot be anything but faithful. His faithfulness to us is similar to a husband’s faithfulness to his wife in marriage; in fact, marriage, in its purest God-ordained form, is a mirror, an extravagant display of Christ’s perfect and unfailing love for His church.
Our fidelity and faithfulness on earth is a mirror of our fidelity and faithfulness to the God above.
A husband and wife in marriage also represent the beauty of the Holy Trinity and the Trinitarian doctrine. Unity within the church and within marriage is an example of the unity we see between God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:4-6). We understand how we are to relate to God and how we are to relate to one another through the Holy Trinity.
A husband and wife become one flesh when they join in marriage with Christ as their leader and the Holy Spirit as their guide in being redeemed, justified, sanctified, healed, convicted, trained, comforted, and transformed by the renewing of the mind. And God is the Almighty One who foresees and directs it all.
Whether we are single, engaged, or married, God will put us through tests of faithfulness to prove our loyalty first to Him, and second to those we love and every single person we encounter. In life (and within marriage), there will be difficulty. There will be stress. There will be hardship. There will be heartache. There will be pain. And there will be a lifetime of sanctification as God conforms both the husband and the wife (and every believer) into the image of Christ. This is something we should be eternally grateful for as it prepares us for the glory to be revealed in us through Jesus Christ when He returns for us.
As you journey through your love lifestyle with Christ and with others, cling to grace. Cling to Christ. Flee sin. Flee temptation. Commit to holiness, purity, and faithfulness. It is not going to be easy. But if you are committed to Christ and to those you love, you WILL triumph. You will prevail. Trust God and trust that He has a specific purpose and calling for your ministry in marriage, as a single, within the church, etc.
His Word is true. His promises are true. He is faithful and true.
Hang in there. Make it work. Give it your best. Submit to the will of God. Fight the good fight of faith until the end. Your patience and faithfulness will soon be rewarded by a gracious and generous God.
God is love. Love is a lifestyle. Jesus lived it, and He’s still living it.
And so should we. Don’t you forget it!
With God’s Love,
Founder, Love Is A Lifestyle
It is of the Lord‘s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
This is a true saying, if a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;
One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)
Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre; Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless.
Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.
Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well. For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.
These things write I unto thee, hoping to come unto thee shortly: But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
1 Timothy 3
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
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