Can you say, “I am the reflection of God’s faithfulness to my spouse”?
Recognizing that God enables me to be faithful, our marriage should be a reflection of God’s faithfulness. It is not a work of my own efforts, but it is an overflow of the fruit that is produced in me as I submit to His efforts. Because He is faithful, when I emulate Him I will reproduce faithfulness. As a Christian spouse, I should constantly evaluate how well I represent Christ through my loyal love.
Covenant fellowship with Christ promotes relational trust in marriage. I am the conduit of God’s favor, expressing grace to my spouse, while conveying the nature of Christ’s heart. Apart from my identity imitating His graciousness, I have no ability to bear His grace to another. Consistently sharing the power of God derives from a genuine connection with Christ.
A heart that aspires to model Christ’s faithfulness is characterized by “being worthy of trust, faithful, and dependable.”1 One who walks in the truth of Christ conveys to their spouse the blessings inherent to possessing His nature. An internal consistency shows forth the character of Christ conducive to edifying one another. Security abounds while providing predictability, demonstrating a continual expression of dwelling in God’s design. That’s a lot to chew on, isn’t it?
Bottom line? Our marriage should be a reflection of God’s faithfulness!
The saying is trustworthy, for:2 Timothy 2:11–13 ESV
If we have died with him, we will also live with him;
if we endure, we will also reign with him;
if we deny him, he also will deny us;
if we are faithless, he remains faithful—
for he cannot deny himself.
- I hope my mate can see a demonstration of God’s faithfulness when I . . .
1 William Arndt, Frederick W. Danker, and Walter Bauer, A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000), 820.
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