A few months ago, I began a personal agenda to consciously love my husband. I knew I felt love for him but I never truly embraced consistency.
I’ve spoken with quite a few women about how it’s easier to walk in sin than fight for purity, reverence, and godly submission. The difficulty comes from being fashioned and molded into the image of God by our trials, disagreements, good times, and discussions in marriage. It’s no easy feat to develop righteous character, this is why it takes an entire lifetime.
When I first scheduled “love your husband” every three hours, it was convicting. It was an annoying reminder. I felt cheated especially if we just had a disagreement. I would mentally ignore the alerts and do what I wanted instead. It was really hard for me to be committed to the process.
Today as the alert popped up, it made me smile. It filled my heart with love and joy. It was nice to see that God has softened my heart throughtout this process. I was reminded how grateful I am for him. It was a confirmation instead of a conviction. I am grateful I did this activity. Setting the reminders helped to push my emotions out of the way so that I can remember what God wants me to do–be a helpmate and love my family.
The reminders truly helped me to turn the dial up on the Spirit’s influence and force my emotions to conform to the image of Christ.
“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”
Colossians 3:1-2 NIV
“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV