Have you ever noticed that God is not One to do things only part way? He is an overflowing, abundant and bountiful God! And since we are made in His image, He also calls us to live out Jesus in our lives.
I’ve been meditating on Philippians these past few months and there is just so much richness in there (and conviction) in how I should live my life as a godly and loving wife. Some of the things I’ve been thinking of are:
- how I need to let my love abound still more in real knowledge and all discernment
- learning what it means when Paul says, “to live is Christ and to die is gain” and the life of sacrifice I’m called to
- how I need to work more and more to stand firm with my husband “in one spirit, with one mind, striving together for the faith of the gospel”
- to do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard my husband as more important than myself (OUCH)
- to not look out for my own interests only but also for his interests, in this I imitate Jesus
- to allow the Spirit to work out my salvation knowing it is God at work in me
- to do all things without grumbling or complaining (DOUBLE OUCH)
- that I can rejoice when God calls me to pour my life out as a drink offering in service and sacrifice to my husband
- how the fullness of rejoicing and joy in my life gives power and strength to who I am in Jesus
- how together we should be studying and discussing the Word so that we fully understand the false teachings that come down the pike and can stand firm against them in unity and love without arrogance or pride (NEVER an easy thing to do…avoiding the pride)
- coming to the place where I do not take pride in any of our worldly accomplishments or status – but believing that knowing Jesus is the greatest thing in my life, and that our life comes from knowing Him and the power of His resurrection
- that we can encourage one another to follow Jesus and that together we can be an example of Jesus to our children for them to follow
- to learn contentment in all my circumstances, to not try and make my husband feel he’s a failure if I don’t have all that I want – but to rejoice in his provision and care for me and my needs
- and again, that there is such power and strength as we, together, have a home centered in joy and an example of rejoicing to our children and one another
Lots to think about. Lots of challenges for my life. Lots of truths that, if I’m faithful to live them out, can transform my marriage and change ME into a woman of God who builds, supports and strengthens my marriage. And tremendous relief in knowing that His Spirit in me gives me the strength and power to carry this out – if I only surrender!
All Scripture quotations are taken from the NASB.
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