Today I would like to inspire you to work and go the extra mile in your marriage.
I am pleased to share my favourite Matthew Henry Quote:
The woman was made of a rib out of the side of Adam; not made out of his head to rule over him, nor out of his feet to be trampled upon by him, but out of his side to be equal with him, under his arm to be protected, and near his heart to be beloved.
As I read it again, I am moved. In my mind it symbolizes so clearly what God’s intentions are for a relationship between husband and wife. The Bible clearly states:
Genesus 2:24 – For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.
and again three more times in the new testament:
Matthew 19:5 – and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’?
Mark 10:7 – For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his
Ephesians 5:31 – For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.
I bring these thoughts together as it has moved me to realize the importance of my relationship with my husband. God clearly states that we should consider ourselves as one. Taking inventory of my personal relationship, I need to consider if my behaviours within my relationship are pleasing to our loving father?
In what ways am I depriving my husband yet I would never consider depriving myself? Am I supporting him emotionally as he needs? Is his love language being fulfilled?
As I have shared in previous posts of my aspiration to set an example for my children of a healthy marriage relationship, I need to remember the value God placed on marriage. How else could he describe to us how to be successful but to state we should be one? We would never be destructive to ourselves like we would to another, marriage means we cannot be selfish but selfless as we seek to treat our spouse as good (or better) as we would consider treating ourselves. An excellent discussion topic for daddy and I.