Greetings Prayer Warriors,
I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do. John 13:15
What a wonderful passage to meditate on. Jesus engaged with everyone during his earthly ministry. Whether interacting with saints or sinners, He loved each one and challenged them to “follow me.” It was a call to live a life of self-denial and sacrificial love. In the end, the Lord showed us the price of such love.
No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. John 15:13-14
In marriage, whether we are a saint or sinner, we vow to be true, in good times and in bad. While today’s culture would encourage divorce when things get bad, we must admit that everything Jesus did was counter-cultural. Nothing has changed. He still calls us to be counter-cultural; He asks us to live the Truth. We are to love, especially when it is most difficult. It is unlikely any of us will die on a cross, but we are called to die to ourselves by letting go of our self-will and seeking the good of another, especially our spouse.
Lord, we ask for the grace to live a life of sacrificial love. Help us to let go of our self-absorption and teach us humility. Help us to focus on the other. With loving patience, guide us in your ways, that we may be perfect models of Your love in our marriages. Jesus we trust in You! Amen.
I kept faith, even when I said, “I am greatly afflicted! Psalm 116:10
Peace, Joy, and Love,