This weekend, my husband demonstrated the beauty of what real love in marriage is all about.
I was sick all day Friday, and then pushed myself too much Saturday morning and was tired the rest of the day, and much of yesterday as well. I slept a lot. I didn't cook at all on Friday, and not till supper on Saturday. Supper yesterday was the first real meal we've eaten together, that I cooked, all weekend.
But has my husband complained? Not one bit. He's even helped with the dishes. He encouraged me to rest. He just quietly did his own thing while I was sleeping and recovering. He was sweet and helpful on Friday when I was feeling the crummiest. He stayed home from class to take care of me. He even brought me 7-Up because we didn't have any in the house. He's made me tea, brought me blankets, adjusted the heat when my feverish self went from cold to hot and back again, and kept me company. We spent a lot of time playing LEGO Lord of the Rings on the PS-3 this weekend (perfect activity to do when one is sick; using the video game controller takes virtually no energy!).
He hasn't even complained about the fact that I've done no housework all weekend, that I was the most boring wife imaginable (I don't even know how many hours I slept the last three days!), or that he had to fend for himself in the kitchen (although he's perfectly capable of feeding himself :) ).
Can I just say, my husband is awesome. He's loved me like crazy this whole weekend without expecting or asking anything in return.
He's demonstrating to me Christ-like love: selfless love, love that gives without expecting to get. Yet another reason why I love my husband so much. He models Jesus to me.
And, what a lovely coincidence, this happens to be the week that we remember the days that Jesus demonstrated his love for us in the most radical, selfless, incredible way possible.
He gave his life for us. And in the days leading up to his death on the cross, Jesus spent his time teaching his disciples, preparing them for what would happen in the days ahead, giving them spiritual encouragement and strength, and loving them. "As I have loved you," he said, "love one another." (John 13:34-35)
It's actually not possible for us to perfectly love one another in the way Christ loved us. We're human, after all, and it's only by the power of God that we're able to love at all. But by his grace, we can demonstrate that kind of selfless love for each other, motivated by what Christ has done for us. His love for us is so great that he willingly died for all people--even though they didn't all love him. "God shows his love for us in that, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8)
That's the kind of perfect love I will never be able to achieve, but it is the love that, by God's grace, I am so thankful to receive.
How have you seen the love of Christ active in your life this weekend?
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