“By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers…Little children, let us not love in word or in talk but in deed and in truth.” I John 3:16, 18 (ESV)
God’s love for us is the truest love we will ever experience.
It is WHO He is. (See I John 4:16)
Are you laying down your life for your brother (husband)?
Am I laying down my life for Robert?
But sometimes no.
I don’t want that to be the case, and yet, it is.
I can really relate to Paul when he says this in Romans 7:18-19,
“For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing.”
Paul goes on to say this in Romans 8:1-4,
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.”
Rejoice with me that despite my own flesh, because of Jesus and what He accomplished on the cross, I do not walk in condemnation, but freedom.
We don’t walk according to our flesh, but according to the Spirit.
The knowledge of that makes me want to shout!
How about you?
Pray with me:
Daddy, I come to you in Jesus’ Name and I repent of my sin toward you and toward my husband. Help me to lay down my life for my husband, (insert his name here), and keep Your commands. I thank You that because of Jesus’ sacrifice, I am set free and I walk according to the Spirit in my marriage. In Jesus’ Name, amen.
With love and prayers for all of us,