In case you didn’t know it, I love my wife. I love her dearly. My life has been blessed beyond what I even truly understand because she said “Yes” when I asked her to marry me. I don’t know what I would do without her by my side. But she isn’t my everything.
Popular culture, movies, music, books and social media could easily lead me down this path. I grew up in the 80s. Take a look at a few of the song titles from that decade related to loving another person:
“Your Love is King” – Sade
“Endless Love” – Dianna Ross and Lionel Ritchie
“Up Where We Belong” – Jennifer Warnes and Joe Cocker
“All of My Heart” – ABC
“Saving All My Love for You” – Whitney Houston
This is a small sampling even from that 10 year period. The story from culture is this: Find the right person, fall in love, get married, live happily ever after. Seriously. What a lie. A LIE!
“You shall have no other gods before me.” – Exodus 20:3
I love my wife. I love her dearly. I never want to live without her and I know she feels the same way about me. But is “Saving All My Love” for her the best plan for a long and happy marriage? Nope. You know what “Saving All My Love” for a person would eventually get me? Disappointment, disillusionment, despair. Why? Because (like me) she is human. We are imperfect. So what is the true way to a happy marriage?
Fall in love with God, meet the right girl who is also in love with God, get married, live in the Spirit and be filled with the joy of the Lord in your marriage. Oh and if you met the girl then fell in love with God that’s also good, as long as He gets first place.
I can only love her best when I love God most. Love her, cherish her, encourage her, enjoy her company, sacrifice for her but do NOT worship her. God is the ONLY object of my worship.
I love my wife. I love her dearly. But I love God more and worship only Him…and she is glad for that.