Stand fast . . . in the liberty by which Christ has made us free. Galatians 5:1
God's plan in freeing me (David) from the penalty of my sin was that I might enjoy still more freedom. There will be a future freedom from pain and sin, but just as certain is the promise of present freedom.
Christ died so that I could be free today from fleshly control and selfish preoccupation. Christ died so that I could have the power today to love my wife like Christ loved the church. I have the power today to forgive when offended, to give grace liberally, and to accept unconditionally. It's only because of His death and resurrection that I can stand fast in the certainty that I can give abundantly to my wife as He gave abundantly to me. There's great freedom in that.
Another part of God's abundance for the "here and now" is the freedom to enjoy marriage and celebrate being with one another. Teresa and I find great freedom in learning to allow each other to relax. There are times one of us has a schedule so hectic that relaxing doesn't seem like an option. At those times we have the unique opportunity to give one another permission to relax and enjoy our lives together.
I have often said, "Sweetheart, I know the kids have been especially difficult this week and you've been at the church every night. Why don't I take the kids out for a long breakfast Saturday morning? You sleep in and enjoy the quiet." This has helped Teresa recharge and refuel. There have been times when Teresa has lovingly said to me, "David, I've noticed how hard you've been working lately. I think we would enjoy some quiet time just for us." She helps reorient my priorities and ministers freedom to me.
In what specific ways can you and your spouse enjoy freedom today?
Thanks, Father, for filling our marriage with freedom. Help me to capture Your power to live life abundantly with my spouse.