Love – a word that comes and goes, but few people really know what it means to really love somebody. Kirk Franklin
Ladies, how are we loving our husbands? Do we really know what it means to love our husbands? Marriage can be the most intense environment for practicing love. I have learned that I can’t do this thing on my own, I have to love with God’s love. That’s where I was falling short in my marriage. I was trying to love my husband with my own love (which really wasn’t love) and I failed EVERY TIME. Loving with God’s love allowed me to love my husband even when he had mistreated me. My life and marriage work better when I love with God’s love, which is the only way we can love right! I don’t always get it right, but I’m still learning what it means to love with Christ’s love.
Talking to God about your husband is an act of love. Stormie Omartian (author of The Power of a Praying Wife) says - Prayer is the Ultimate love language. It communicates in ways we can’t. Something happens to our hearts when we pray for another person. The hardness melts. We become able to get beyond the hurts, and forgive. We even end up loving the person we are praying for. It’s miraculous! It happens because when we pray we enter into the presence of God and He fills us with His Spirit of love. When you pray for your husband, the love of God will grow in your heart for him. Not only that, you’ll find love growing in his heart for you, without him even knowing you are praying.
I have asked God many times how can I pray for him and I don’t even like him right now! Then
I began to look at my husband through God’s eyes. Knowing that God loves my husband just as much as He loves anybody helped me to see him the way God sees him. Seeing your husband as a son whom God loves can be a great revelation. Stormie Omartian
It is often easier to pray about our mates than it is to pray for them. “Lord, I don’t like what he is doing…” That is praying about our husband. But the Scripture says that even if someone has despitefully used you, you are to pray for that person. Praying for our husbands has nothing to do with our rights, how we are treated, or what the he may be doing. It is our responsibility, no matter what the circumstances. When we pray for our husbands, we have the privilege of seeing God work in his life as a result of our prayers. The greatest gift we can give to our precious husbands is to pray for them. Let’s love our husbands with the same kind of commitment that you already have to loving yourself. Jesus set the example for sacrificial love, let’s follow His example. How could your sacrificial love smooth over any areas of your marriage?
Challenge love your husband with God’s love. The only true love there is.
By Angelica Hamilton