Week 5 Day 1
1 Peter 3:3-4 Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.
The eye of the beholder
My wife and I have been together for many years. We have weathered good times and some that were not so good. I saw in her from the beginning a beauty that has transcended the years and has grown deeper with time. She has truly been God’s blessing to me. It may be that our days of dancing on the beach begin to look more like stumbling around, but for me on this particular morning when I looked upon her with more than a passing glance I saw the girl I fell deeply in love with so many years ago. To me she is more beautiful to me now than ever as God has enhanced her beauty of spirit in ways I cannot begin to measure. I am truly a man blessed by God. On this, her birthday I would say that I am a man truly blessed by God to have this wonderful friend, confidante, and wife.
I am reminded of the scripture from Ephesians in which Paul says, 25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her (Ephesians 5:25) If you ever want to truly understand the blessings of marriage, the unmerited favor of God in a relationship commit yourself to do the work of the kind of love that binds one to another in this relationship. The deep, deep love of God which is transcendent, and yet readily seen in the life of our Lord Jesus finds a tremendous proving ground in the love relationship between a man and his wife.