When it comes to romance, maybe the wise thing for us to remember is that one day cannot offset 364 days. How we love the rest of the year speaks infinitely louder than the most creative gifts given on February 14.
I believe there are four keys to making a marriage prosper and endure and guys if we don’t get this, we are doomed to a lot of hardship. (Apologies to the unmarried and to gals, but this Reveration is for married men or those engaged to be married).
1. My first and most important priority is to love and fear the Lord! “So be very diligent to love the LORD your God for your own well-being.” (Joshua 23:11)
How happy is everyone who fears the LORD, who walks in His ways! You will surely eat what your hands have worked for. You will be happy, and it will go well for you. Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house, your sons, like young olive trees around your table. In this very way, the man who fears the LORD will be blessed. (Psalm 128:1-4)
2. My second priority is to marry someone who loves and fears the Lord. “Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the LORD will be praised.” (Proverbs 31:30)
"For if you turn away and cling to the rest of these nations remaining among you and if you intermarry or associate with them and they with you, know for certain that the LORD your God will not continue to drive these nations out before you. They will become a snare and a trap for you, a scourge for your sides and thorns in your eyes, until you disappear from this good land the LORD your God has given you." (Jos. 23:12,13)
3. My third priority is to love and take pleasure in my wife. “A man who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the LORD.” (Pro. 18:22)
“Let your fountain be blessed, and take pleasure in the wife of your youth. A loving doe, a graceful fawn—let her breasts always satisfy you; be lost in her love forever.” (Pro. 5:18,19) “In the same way, husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.” (Ephesians 5:28)
4. My fourth priority is to make sure my wife has all she needs to thrive. In Proverbs 31 we find key behavior from the husband that allows his wife to thrive. “The heart of her husband trusts in her. . . Her husband also praises her. . . Give her the reward of her labor, and let her works praise her at the city gates.”
The next time you feel critical toward your spouse or find yourself angry because of something she has done or not done, said or not said, consider this. God chose us to be His bride. Despite our sins, He forgave and loved us. In spite of our inadequacies, He chose to have an eternal relationship with us. When we responded to His love He covered our imperfection with grace. Isn’t it awesome that Jesus models the way for us in the way He treats us! Something to think about . . . in reveration!
Our finest love is a preschool watercolor to God’s Rembrandt, a vacant-lot dandelion next to His garden rose.—Max Lucado in 3:16
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)