Danny and I have been blessed to have been married 38 years today. It truly is a gift to have my husband be my best friend and also to be loved sacrificially.
What does that mean? It means that over the years when I was unlovable my husband still chose to love me. I know that wasn’t an easy choice, but when he did…it made it easier for me to love him in this same sacrificial way too.
It is a glimpse of how God loves us through Jesus…sacrificial LOVE.
You see it in John 3:16-17-
“For God so LOVED the world that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
For God did NOT send his Son into the world to condemn the world,
BUT to save the world through him.
It doesn’t mean we haven’t struggled. It doesn’t mean it’s been a bed of roses…let’s be real here, we had six kids and those blessings live with you and divide and conquer!
Years ago we were challenged to start each day in prayer together. It was really hard at first. It was humbling. BUT it was the thing that started to knit our hearts together in the most interesting intimate way. It caused our LOVE for one another to grow as we exposed the hidden places of our hearts.
The past ten years have been difficult as we have watched marriage after marriage crumble. We have observed one thing…it takes BOTH husband and wife to make a marriage work. It takes commitment on BOTH sides. It takes communication on BOTH sides. It takes sacrificial love on BOTH sides.
One person can’t make a successful marriage. We know many who have tried and they are tired and discouraged. I hope today they can rejoice with us and rest in the sacrificial love Jesus has for them.
Hatred stirs up trouble, but love forgives all wrongs. – Proverbs 10:12