Married for Life – Wrap Up Part 3

Thanks for taking a minute to continue reading as we wrap up the final week of Married for Life!

2. Be Free to Express Your Love Towards Each Other…
When was the last time you said, ‘I love you.’ to your spouse? I don’t mean the quick, ‘Love ya, hun!’ as you give her a peck on the cheek while you run out the door. I mean, when was the last time you stopped, reflected, and said, with all the meaning and sincerity necessary, ‘I love you!’

Did you know, that one of the most important commands we find in scripture deals with how we are to respond to each other. Scripture commands that we honor one another!

We’re called to honor God, honor his Son, honor our father and our mother, and honor each other. Romans 12:10 says, “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.

To honor someone means to treat them with respect or reverence. It’s to respond to them in such a way as to make them feel good about themselves and you. It’s responding to their needs or requests appropriately. If you were to sit and think about it, I bet you could think of something that happened this week where you honored someone. Maybe a smile and thank you to the barista who constructed you morning latte. Maybe it was letting someone go in front of you in the check out line at the grocery store. Maybe it was taking a few extra minutes to help some one out at school. But when was the last time you honored your spouse?

As husbands and wives, we are to honor one another. But it’s more than just doing the random acts of kindness. It’s telling them you love them. It’s shutting off the TV some you can sit and listen as they tell you about their day. It’s spending time with them intimately, meeting their needs and sharing with them sexually.

We were created to be sexual people, people made to have sex. God gave us the marital union as the context for which his people were to enjoy and celebrate the incredible gift of sex! And yet, when one spouse begins to feel like they are not being honor, sex is one of the first things that disappears from the relationship.

As husbands and wives, we should be going out of our ways to honor our spouses. In doing so, it frees us to Express Our Love for Each Other.

– jay

*This was an excerpt for the Married for Life teaching series, given at Harvest Church, by Pastor Jay Higham. To learn more about Harvest Church, please visit their website.

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