It was 27 years ago that I asked Ibel to marry me. So in 3 short months we were to be man and wife. We were convinced that the LORD had put us together and determined to honor Him in our marriage. Our planning for the wedding ceremony and reception were pretty simple in design but, we spent a lot of effort in laying the foundation for how we would think and behave as a married couple.
One thing we had agreed on early on was that divorce was not an option. We knew that if we made room for an escape plan that we probably wouldn’t make it through some of the tough times we were to face. The Scripture verses we had chosen (take the time to look them up) for the wedding ceremony (Philippians 2:1-11) and our invitations (Ecclesiastes 4:9-11) spelled out our commitment to live in total dependence on the LORD and to live in humility towards one another just as Jesus had lived. These commitments to each other and the LORD have kept us and strengthened our marriage over all these years.
A relationship with the LORD is often described in marriage terms. For instance, the church is referred to as the bride of Christ. Humility, honor and sacrificial love are great attitudes to adopt if you want your relationship with Him to grow. As your love deepens for God, your capacity to love others expands as well. Be a lover.
Philipians 2:3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus