I remember my mother telling me when I was young that my mother said a few years after her marriage she would look back on her wedding day and thought to herself that she was glad that she thought she loved my father, otherwise she would not of married him, but now she really does love him. And then a few more years past and she would make the same mistake. After fifteen of marriage, it finally dawned on her that she had always loved him, but the love was always increasing so much so that the previous year didn’t look like love to her. That is how our marriage with Christ is like. Our love keeps growing and our hearts desire to please Him grows so much stronger, that the previous years we consider ourselves extremely selfish in our service to Him. We are always selfish, but if we are trying not to be, that pleases God tremendously, more than it does us. While we are growing more and more in love with our God, we become more critical of our services to Him, because we become more and more aware how much more God deserves to be loved by us.
Romans 8:35-39. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: For your sake we face death all day long: we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered. No, in all these things we are more than conquerors that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Now we may have heard this a million of times and no longer be able to appreciate what St. Paul is saying here. But when you are going through a hard time it starts to have a much deeper meaning than during more peaceful times. Being married to Christ in this world is like a roller-coaster. You are up or down all through your life. Not so if we were living in a world that truly worship’s God our Creator, because His Will is for us to love one another unconditionally. There are plenty people who think they are serving God, but as Jesus said they never knew God, if they did know God they would not be persecuting Him. God is a God of Love not hate.
When you believe you can’t take it anymore but cry out to God anyway, He comes in such a way that you are strengthen and so keep going further. I don’t know how many times I have said there is no way I am going to write another article and then I find God gives me an article to write that I just have to do and when it is done it is usually one of my better articles. I don’t know why God wants me to write, because I feel like I am not doing such a good job, but for some reason it seems God wants me to do it. So I am sure you are finding it out for yourself, you decide I am not doing such a great job serving God in this area, so I won’t do it anymore and then God gives you courage to continue. We are called to work for Him in season and out of season. That verse in the bible is making more sense to me than ever before.
I have been told once by my mother, in marriage you go through the dry season, when you and your spouse basically gets into a rut and you know word by word what your spouse is going to say and do. In other words it is a very boring period of time in your marriage and then all of a sudden it is like a second honey moon breaks out and it is far better than the first honey moon and the whole marriage is like that. You have to go through a dry season first and then a better honey moon period than the previous honey moon, will follow. Well it is like that when you are married to Christ. When it is dry season, you got to hang in there regardless of its cost and after you persevered through those hard times, the honey moon arrives and it is so exciting, far better than the previous honey moons you have ever had with Him.