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The Foundation of Love: Building a Christ-Centered Marriage

Updated: Aug 30, 2023

Christ-centered marriages are built on the foundation of love described in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;[a] 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” This biblical passage provides us with a profound understanding of love's attributes, guiding us on how to build and maintain a loving and enduring relationship with our spouse.

Love is Patient and Kind:

Understanding imperfections and shortcomings in our spouse are essential characteristics of a loving relationship. Christ-centered marriages operate on the premise that the way you treat your spouse should mimic the way God treats you. Kindness involves actively seeking opportunities to demonstrate love through acts of compassion and thoughtfulness.

Love Does Not Envy or Boast:

Envy and boasting can harm a marriage. Christ-centered relationships rejoice in each others successes and are content with what God has provided. Gratitude and humility are foundations that create a deeper sense of appreciation for each other.

Love Does Not Dishonor Others:

Respect and honor are crucial in a Christ-centered marriage and leaves self satisfaction at your spouses expense at the door. Uplifting and cherishing your spouse and valuing them as a precious gift from God honor the Lord and your spouse. Treating each other with dignity and kindness creates space where genuine love can grow and thrive.

Love is Not Easily Angered and Keeps No Record of Wrongs:

Forgiveness lies at the heart of a Christ-centered marriage and plays a vital role in a healthy marriage. Grace is known, experienced, and expected when Biblical love reigns in the home. It creates hope and trust and draws spouses together.

Love Always Protects, Trusts, Hopes, and Perseveres:

A Christ-centered marriage is built with an unwavering commitment to love, protect, and trust one another. We protect each other's hearts, placing our trust in God's plan for our relationship. The storms of life come and go but the marriage in Christ weathers the storms because you and your spouse trust the Lord and each other implicitly.

The world confuses love with emotion and feelings. Christ-centered marriages stand as a testament to the true essence of love from Christ. The qualities described in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 cultivate a loving and lasting relationship with our spouse and reflects the love of Christ. When a marriage is built on the firm foundation of Jesus, joy in God’s design transforms the couple into one in Christ.

2 Steps to Grow:

Practice forgiveness quickly.

Prioritize quality and quantity time to be with each other, even when you’re busy.

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