As men, it is our responsibility to reflect the light and love of our Creator to those around us, especially our spouses. When we look at our wives, do they see the love we have for them? When they look at us, do they see the love we have for our Creator? The answer to these questions should be a resounding yes, as love is meant to be a bright and shining light that cannot be hidden.
But, as we go about our daily lives, it’s easy to let the worries and stress of the world cover-up that bright light. Our love for our spouses and our love for our Creator may start out bright and deep inside of us, but the distractions and obligations of daily life can cause it to become dim and obscured. This is where the message of fear does not come into play.
We must strive to live in such a way that the light of love shines through all that we do. We must fear not, for God is with us, guiding us and helping us to be the men that He created us to be. When we live in this manner, those around us will see how we are reflecting God’s love for our spouses, and it will inspire them to do the same.
But how do we go about ensuring that the love we have for our spouses and our Creator shines brightly in our lives? It starts with putting our faith and trust in God. When we trust in God, we are better equipped to handle the challenges and distractions of daily life. Our faith and trust in God give us a sense of peace and calm that can help us remain focused on what is truly important.
Another important aspect of ensuring that our love shines brightly is through intentional, deliberate effort. We must make a conscious choice to prioritize our relationships with our spouses and with God. This means setting aside time each day to connect with our spouses and to connect with God through prayer and reading the Bible. When we prioritize these relationships, we are better able to maintain a strong and vibrant connection with those we love.
It is also important to engage in activities and practices that help us grow in our faith. This may include attending church, participating in men’s ministry events, and serving in the community. When we invest in our spiritual growth, we are better equipped to love others while reflecting God’s love in all that we do.
Scripture can also be a valuable tool in helping us to love our spouses and our Creator more deeply. Three passages that apply to this topic are 1 John 4:18, Ephesians 5:25-33, and 1 Corinthians 13:4-8.
1 John 4:18 says, “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.” This verse reminds us that fear and love cannot coexist. If we are filled with fear, we cannot love others in how God desires. On the other hand, if we are filled with love, fear will be cast out.
Ephesians 5:25-33 tells us that husbands should love their wives as Christ loved the church. This passage reminds us that our love for our wives should be selfless and sacrificial, just as Jesus loved us sacrificially and without reservation.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 reminds us that love is patient, and kind, and does not envy or boast. This passage reminds us selflessness and a focus on the well-being of others characterizes that true love.
- How am I reflecting on the love of my Creator in my relationship with my spouse?
- How can I love my spouse more deeply and sacrificially, like Christ loved the church?
Uncommen Challenge: Attempt to prioritize your relationships with your spouse and with God. Set aside time each day to connect with your spouse and to connect with God through prayer and reading the Bible.
Engage in activities and practices that help you grow in your faith, such as attending church, participating in men’s ministry events, and serving in the community.
And, as you reflect on the scriptures mentioned above, make a deliberate effort to love your spouse and your Creator in the ways described in these passages.
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