Lovers & Image Bearers
Read: Philippians 2:1-8 & John 13:35 & Genesis 1:27 & Matthew 19:4-6
God created men and women to have complimentary roles. A man was not made to birth children, nurture and care for others the way a woman can. A woman was not made to stand guard over the family and provide shelter and protection the way a man can. But, God created us in His image, male and female He created us. As husbands and wives, we bear God’s image in the unique roles He created for us. But, we are an incomplete picture of Him without the other spouse. Rather than belittle or be jealous of one another’s roles, let us love one another as God intended and as He loves us.
Paul tells us in Philippians to think of others more highly than ourselves. If every believer is to love others sacrificially, how much more husbands and wives! Jesus said the world would know we are His disciples by our love. Therefore, we must be humble and extend grace to one another. How can you give grace to a husband or wife who seems to make a science of angering or offending you? Well, how does God show us grace even though we are sinful and willfully disobey Him? By His power: “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). The God who calls you to be like-minded with your spouse is the same one who will empower you to do so, helping you give grace to one another in difficult times.
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