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October 27, 2010

Better than yourself

Philippians 2:3
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourself.  Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.

This verse should be the theme of every marriage.  Can you imagine what your marriage would be like if you considered your spouse better than yourself?

Serving wouldn't seem so beneath you.

Respect wouldn't need to be earned.

Love wouldn't be difficult to express.

Affirmations would overflow out of your mouth.

Forgiveness would flow freely.

I'm sorry would be spoken often.

It's comforting to know that the verses close with allowing you to look out for yourself.  I don't think God intended for anyone to be a doormat in a marriage.  But a beautiful thing can happen when two people consider the other as more important than his/herself.

God will honor and bless a marraige devoted to putting each other first.

 

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Wow! We just shared this exact verse last night in our couples life group! Love it - thanks for sharing some great insight and reminders:}

Abigail, I recommend the actual bible study with the weekly videos. Holly

Hi Lori! My husband has strict standards about never being alone with a woman and never behind closed doors, never alone in a car. He also has all of his emails and phone calls run through his assistant. Boundaries are essential.
Holly

Great message for my 9th anniversary today! :)

Holly,
I've prayerfully been asking God for the confidence and heart to begin a book study on "For Women Only" with an "eclectic" group of my girlfriends who I feel have the potential to take their marriages and relationship with God to the next level!

I was wondering if you could shed some light on what you've found to be the best way to go through the study together. I've checked on Amazon and there seem to be a half dozen versions out there...
Please and thanks! abbyshier@gmail.com

In Christ,
a.s.

Hi Holly, I am a newlywed and new to this whole Pastor's Wife thing... and I was wondering how you and your husband handle boundaries with other women in the church. It appears that alot of women want to go directly to him for prayer, advice ancd counsel. For example, phone calls, texting, emails... I appreciate any advice you can give...

Thanks!! Lori

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