Friday 24th March
Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas
I loved this chapter. It teaches how loving my spouse flaws and all will teach me to love God. That “marriage can be the gym in which our capacity to experience and express God’s love is strengthened and further developed.”
The Greatest Commandment: Matthew 22:34-40 (NIV)
34 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. 35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
My Spouse is my neighbour. I am to love him as I love myself. Love is to be LEARNED again and again. Learning my DH’s needs, learning his dreams so as to love and support him accordingly. Learn to love your spouse. Hate is always available. Love is a skill. It must be hunted purposefully, sought after diligently and lived out regularly.
When a christian spouse leaves and says, “The truth is, I never loved you.” that is equivalent of saying, “The truth is, I never really acted like a Christian.” The basis of Christianity is love and when we love well, we please God. Our love for God is attached to our love for other people.
Marriage teaches us to love. It stretches our love. It increases our capacity to love.