The Mindset Of Giving Up On Yourself
As Christians, we are admonished and encouraged to follow the exemplary lifestyle laid down by Our Lord and Saviour Christ Jesus
Bible Text: “ So that it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. This life that I live now, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave his life for me.” – Gal.2 v 20 (GNT)
As Christians, we are admonished and encouraged to follow the exemplary lifestyle laid down by Our Lord and Saviour Christ Jesus (1 Peter 2 v 21). One of such characteristics shown through His life is seen in our Bible text which says
“who loved me and gave his life for me.”
Christ, Jesus loved us deeply that he was willing to give up His life that we could be redeemed to Him (We love Him because He first loved us – 1 John 4 v 19, NKJV). John 3 v 16 (GNT) says
“For God loved the world so much that he gave His Only Son so that everyone who believes in Him may not die but have eternal life.”
God’s love towards us was so strong that He was willing to give that which was priceless to Him to us.
From the above-captioned verses, I am convinced of the truth that if you truly love your significant other, then one attribute that must and should be evident in your life and in the course of your relationship is your willingness to give up something.
Ensuring that your relationship is renewed, in constant bloom and preserved from the negatives (ills) that so threatens to severe, abuse or destroy God’s desired intention of your relationship or marriage. “Giving up” in the context could be associated with Phil. 2 vs 3 – 4 (NKJV) which says
“Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests but also for the interests of others.”
This invariably means we being required to take a conscious interest in the meeting the needs of our significant other, to cultivate each other that you both would in the sight of the Lord be seen perfect, without spot or wrinkle Eph. 5vs24 – 27.
“And so wives must submit themselves completely to their husbands just as the church submits itself to Christ. Husbands, love your wives just as Christ loved the church and gave his life for it. He did this to dedicate the church to God by his word, after making it clean by washing it in water, in order to present the church to himself in all its beauty—pure and faultless, without spot or wrinkle or any other imperfection.”
When both parties show mutual interest and concern for each other, would serve as a further lubricate in their relationship and in the long term, their marriage, as no friction would exist between them.
In conclusion, I must be sincere in saying this marriage ain’t a bed of roses! But with love and selfless interest of both parties, would go a long way in ensuring an exciting and blessed relationship that would be the envy of all, a true city upon the hill that all might see and behold the glory of the Father in such home, His reflection.
Michael Ihenacho #CatchYouLater