There are so many Bible verses directed at husbands and wives, it is easy to get overwhelmed and throw your hands up in defeat – “How can I do all of this”, “Why does it have to be so hard?”
Yes, there are dozens of verses and several entire passages directed at marriage and relationships in general – but there is one verse that supersedes them all. This verse trumps all other verses and actually lays the foundation upon which all the other verses are built.
We are all familiar with the 10 Commandments given to Moses by God in Exodus Chapter 20, but we may not be as familiar with the 11th commandment given by Jesus in John 13:34…
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
Yes, you may have heard that one before – but I want to draw your attention to five words that make all the difference…. “as I have loved you”. Jesus commands us to love one another (especially our most significant “one another”) in the same way he loved/loves us.
How does he love us? This answer you should know also….. unconditionally, unselfishly, completely. There is nothing we can do to make him love us any more than he already does, and nothing we can do make him love us less. He loves us….period. We don’t deserve it; we didn’t earn it; we didn’t love him first; and he will never, ever stop.
We are called, even commanded, to love our spouse in the same way Jesus loved/loves us. If we decide to ignore or simply disobey Christ’s command – we cannot expect him to bless our marriage.
If we choose to obey his command, the next question we must ask is…how?
How exactly do we love our spouse in the same way He loves us? Let’s tackle that one next blog…..