I was exhausted and ready for bed, but my wife, Christi, was relentless. "Honey, I really want to go out to one nice dinner with you. Please, will you get dressed up?" she pleaded.
It was already 9:30 p.m., and I had just finished working one of the longest and hardest weeks of my life at a conference away from home. I was glad to have Christi with me, but I was reluctant to agree to her request.One Size 32 534 Purple Bag 722 Shoulder Women's DuDu violet xp8fz
Though I didn't want to go, I did it for Christi. I put her desires before my own. And the result was an unforgettable experience together. Our dinner that night was one of the most elegant meals we have ever had.
When the apostle Paul compares marriage to our relationship with Jesus (Ephesians 5:25-32), he wants us to understand that the principles that apply to Jesus' death and resurrection apply to our marriages, too. Jesus laid down His life so that we might experience the new life that comes from His resurrection. In the same way, God calls us to lay down our own lives, serving our spouse unconditionally. To experience life in our marriages, we must die to self. Here are two ways you can do that:
Step out of your comfort zone: Create memories together by doing things your spouse loves to do — even when it's an activity you don't enjoy. Don't concentrate on the activity itself; focus on the bond that grows out of sharing the experience with your spouse.
Honor and adore:Bi made Bi Leather Brown Concho American the Star USA Rugged in Flip Chocolate on Proudly Wallet fold Buffalo Custom foldhorn a ID Star dfZqHdw Do one thing each day to show your spouse honor or adoration. Leave love notes. Speak highly of your spouse in front of others, especially your kids. Do one selfless act that will brighten your spouse's day.
Dying to self builds an environment of safety and love. When we die to self, we ultimately bring forth life in our marriage. It's the Resurrection in action.
Talk About It
- What things have I done that make you feel loved and adored?
- What is one thing you enjoy that you wish I would do with you?
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