A very close friend of mine is getting married this Saturday. He has given me the honor of being a groomsman in his wedding. As I think back in the life of my friend and his steady love and obedience for God, he's been patiently waited for the right help mate. Yes, he has dated some good and godly girls (a couple not so good) = P . He has broken some hearts and I know he has been heart broken through the process of dating.
The point is, he's always been waiting for God's best for his life. Just like God gave Adam a help mate, my friend was waiting for the exact help mate that God intended for his life. I truly believe he has found her- or should I say, God has given her to him.
You see, my friend could have 'settled' (I've been there before). He could have 'settled' for someone who could fill the loneliness in his life. My friend could have 'settled' for someone who could meet some of his needs. He could have 'settled' for someone who could fill some of the voids in his life...
As I have watched his life over the years, he's been in search for the "right one", not just a filler. He's been waiting for the one who brings out the best in him. The one that will compliment his weaknesses. The one he can serve God with. Because of his patience, God has blessed him with a wonderful woman, who he will soon be able to call, Wife.
It will be exciting to see how their journey together begins and continues as they impact the lives around them, through Jesus Christ.
This is a great devotional and reminder to all who are married.
Ephesians 5:19-33: "Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.
In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church— for we are members of his body.
"For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh."
This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband." (NIV)
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