Have you ever thought about how many choices we make in the day? Most choices in my life are easy; the choice between the Venti or the Tall Frappuccino for example. Then there are choices that require me to be Brave. Choosing to fight for my marriage; choosing to love God’s way when it seems like foolishness – when He says Love Believes All Things. All Things??? That requires bravery!
We have been walking through 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 each Marriage Monday.
As we have examined each of the verbs in this text we’ve been applying it to our Wifehood within our Christian Marriage.
So far we’ve seen Patience in Marriage, Kindness in Marriage, Jealousy in Marriage, Bragging in Marriage, Arrogance in Marriage, Disrespect or Acting unbecoming in Marriage, Selfishness in Marriage, Anger in Marriage, Evil Thoughts in Marriage, Rejoicing In Marriage and Bearing All Things in Marriage.
Today’s phrase is in a list showing us that Love reflects Jesus to the lost world
Paul’s letter is not written with Marriage even Christian Marriage as it topic – he is actually talking about how we love others in general. But Marriage falls into that group of loving other people, right?!?!
What does it mean: Love believes all things?
- Love trusts/believes/places faith in others.
- This doesn’t mean we are to be naïve, but that we should give others the benefit of the doubt.
- We should set suspicion aside and believe.
- Use caution however to guard your heart from those who have proven they will hurt you
How can we believe all things in our marriage?
To be honest with you, this is the hardest for me. It is hard to “Believe” all things when he has messed up so many times. I think Kira Bridges from Joy Pursued answered some of this so well in her guest post How To Be a Biblical Wife to an Ungodly Husband.
Do you guard your heart from your husband?
With each new twist in our journey I am tempted to look back at all his missteps and guard myself from my husband. It’s hard to forgive and move into a place that Believes again.
God has had to work this principle deep into my heart Y’all. There are honestly days I just can’t believe all things about hubby. But, I can believe all things about God.
I can believe that:
- God is for me and our family
- His plans are to prosper us and give us a future
- God will listen when I pray
- He will be just a prayer away if I seek Him with my whole heart
Marriage Challenge: How can we embrace a Brave Love that Believes all things?
This Requires us to prayerfully live out Proverbs 3:5-6.
1. Believe all things about God.
2. Step out in faith to obey -even when it’s hard to understand.
3. Trust Him to catch us if there’s a mess up again (because we were walking in faith).
No pressure, but when we live out our Marriage from this Biblical perspective it is a beautiful witness to a world that desperately needs Jesus. Desperately needs to know God can change any heart. And He can!
What scares you most about this Marriage Challenge? Drop a comment below so I can be praying for you!
Ps. That bit in step 3 is for real. God honors our faith. There have been many times I have had to trust God as my husband made a big mistake. God has never let me down. He has protected us again and again as I give hubby the grace to learn and grow.