Read 1 John 3:1-24
When this devotional is published, my wedding day will be 2.5 weeks away. It almost doesn’t seem real to think that in 2 and a half weeks, I will be married to my best friend. As the day is quickly approaching, more and more people are giving me their 2 cents about marriage. I value what they have to say, and I would like to say, I am getting more and more ready for this day to come. The biggest difference that I am expecting will be the realization I am no longer responsible for just me. In 2.5 weeks, I will be the spiritual and physical leader of my wife. The responsibility is a little intimidating.
With that being said, I have a lot more to take into account when making every day decisions. Not only do I have to take into account my own preferences, but I have hers to consider as well. With managing two lives, there’s going to have to be a lot of sacrifice. I am going to have to purposely make decisions in favor of her to show how much I appreciate her. I will also have to sacrifice my own pride because, let’s face it, Kelly is pretty intelligent herself.
Sacrificing for your spouse is something that doesn’t come so easily in our culture today. Most people are so bent on their own agenda, they don’t take into account the feelings and preferences of their spouse. When this happens, the couple begins to be independent of each other rather than one functioning unit. This is not the example of marriage that God has laid out for us.
First John 3 speaks to the act of sacrifice. John lays out the example that true love is what Jesus did for us on the cross. With that model in mind, realistically and hopefully, not too many of us will ever be faced with the decision to lay down our lives for our spouses. However, principally we are still to make that kind of sacrifice every day for our spouse. Every day, consciously lay down your needs for theirs. Everyday lay down your preferences and desires for theirs. Nothing speaks louder to a spouse or those around you than daily sacrifice with them in mind.
What kind of sacrifices are you making for others? How much would they appreciate you laying down your needs for theirs? If you do this, sit back and watch your relationships take off!