"Love Celebrates Godliness"
"(Love) does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth."
(1 Corinthians 13:6)
When are you most proud of your wife? Is it when she have won a well earned award for some important accomplishment? Or is it when she take the opportunity to pray with you across the dinner table, email or phone - or when she helps you think through how to handle a tough situation in a Christ-like manner? Love rejoices most in the things that please God. When your wife is growing in Christian character, persevering in faith, seeking purity, and embracing roles of giving and service - becoming spiritually responsible in your home - the Bible says you should be celebrating it. Are you doing that?
I have found no better way to encourage a Christ-follower than to tell them how I see Christ in their actions. For example: "Thank you for your patience with our children". "The kindness that you are showing our neighbors is a beautiful demonstration of how Christians are to care for one another". "I know this is a difficult time for you, but your faithfulness is a model for others to follow". "The way you are so peaceful during these stressful times really encourages me in my own walk with the Lord". "I see self-control demonstrated in you when you choose to avoid conflict".
The fruit of living the Christian life, filled with the Holy Spirit, is evident in so many ways in the walk of one who is clinging to their faith! If you can encourage your wife with her Christ-likeness, how much better when you see righteousness displayed in your wife! That's the time to tell her how grateful you are for her spiritual investment in your marriage!
Think of one recent example of how your wife demonstrated Christian character. Thank her for that, and encourage her to persevere in it so that you can both benefit from her spiritual growth.
Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I am full of joy over you; but I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil. (Romans 16:19)
We ought always to thank God for you, brothers, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love every one of you has for each other is increasing. Therefore, among God's churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring. (2 Thessalonians 1:3,4)
"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." (Matthew 6:19)
For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. (1 Timothy 4:18)
"that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises."
Patience is not just putting up with things. Patience means to continue, to persevere, to stay steady, to maintain your course, to not grow weary in doing good and quit. Patience is a fruit of the spirit, so to walk in Bible patience you must keep your spiritual life strong, by feeding on the Word and fellowshiping with God.
We receive from God by faith, but our faith has to be undergirded by patience to possess and enjoy His promises. It's normal for there to be a time of waiting and testing when we believe the promises of God. But hang on to your faith and it will see you through.
Prayer: Father, I know at times I lack patience with my wife, my children, and others in my life. But only through You can I achieve patience on every level of my life and I beseech You to grant me patience and bring it forth as a virtue that I am lacking. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Deuteronomy 30 ... What benefits of obeying God are found in this chapter? Are there areas in your life or goals that you need to recommit to God today? Spend some time asking God about the things he has "set before you today", and seek Him regarding the choices He wants you to make according to His will.