HOLY MATRIMONY | Love Gives
As you know, we began a series last month titled, Holy Matrimony. Because of the evil assault we have witnessed on marriages in the Body of Christ, Christi and I felt compelled to share with you some of our personal testimony. If you are single and believing for a mate, these truths are also essential for you to learn for your future relationship. Years ago, The Lord spoke to me, “Spiritual maturity can be seen in someone’s life by how many long term relationships they have.” The reason is because in order to maintain long term relationships, we must be quick to forgive and refuse to be offended. That’s LOVE, which is our highest call as Christians. (I Cor. 14:1) Love is also the husband’s highest call before God:
“Husbands, LOVE your wives, as Christ loved the church and GAVE Himself up for her, So that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the Word…Even so husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself. For no man ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and carefully protects and cherishes it, as Christ does the church…” Ephesians 5:25-29 (AMPC)
Please notice that husbands are to LOVE by GIVING their lives for their wives as Christ gave His life for us. Contrary to popular belief, Love (especially within the marriage covenant) is not 50/50. Remember GOD IS LOVE. He is our perfect example. For God SO LOVED that He GAVE His highest and best in Jesus. He gave 100% “while we were yet sinners” and we could give nothing in return. LOVE GIVES with ‘no strings attached!’ When we gave our lives to Christ, He “shed His Love abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit” so that we could give His Love to others. Please understand that we will reap what we sow. (Gal. 6:7) For example, the reason I can cheerfully wait in the ladies shoe department while Christi shops is because I am sowing! I am sowing time, attitude and patience. I don’t want her on the back of my Harley, riding thousands of miles and complaining. Another example is when Christi decided to learn how to cook, I told her I would help by doing the dishes. The harvest I have reaped is that she now enjoys Harley riding as much as I do AND she cooks delicious meals for us that I prefer to restaurants! You reap what you sow, Praise God!
In order to obey God’s next instruction to wash our wives in the water of the Word, every day I make the time to lead us in prayer. At our house, we don’t let the world into our lives until we both have had our quiet time with the Lord (& our coffee!) We also take the time to receive the Word together in church, in conferences or watching our favorite teachers on TV and the internet. One of our favorite things to do as a couple is spend time together sharing the revelation God gives us in His Word and praying in agreement concerning it!
Husbands, please remember that your wife is God’s daughter. He takes how we treat His daughter very seriously. He says in 1 Peter 3:7, “In the same way, you husbands must give honor to your wives. Treat your wife with understanding as you live together. She may be (physically) weaker than you are, but she is your equal partner in God’s gift of new life. Treat her as you should so your prayers will not be hindered.” If we don’t Love our wives the way God instructed us to, it will hinder our prayers because Love is what causes our faith to work. (Gal. 5:6) We are also to live with understanding of our wives. With Christi, if I know she is having a difficult day and needs encouragement, I make an effort to speak words of love to her. If we sow words of love, we will reap lovingkindness from our mate. Because I also know she thinks “chocolate chip cookies make everything better,” then sometimes, we get cookies too! We both are looking for ways each day to GIVE to one another, preferring one another’s needs over our own.
There are many reading this today and your marriage is at a dangerous crossroads. The future of your life, marriage and family could go either way depending on what you choose. I will admit there was a time early in our marriage when we were at a crossroads and it could have gone either way. By the grace of God, we both chose to submit to His Word and obey His instructions. Please let me encourage you to read those instructions and promises to each other out loud and then take communion over it. Christi and I have never had God not show up and grant us wisdom and strength to overcome. In other words, we had a breakthrough!
We’d love the opportunity to help you receive your breakthrough. Please check our itinerary at www.mylon.org and come see us! Just as we reap what we sow in our relationships, we will also reap what we sow financially into the Kingdom. II Corinthians 9:6 promises that “If we sow (give) sparingly, we will reap sparingly. If we sow generously, we will reap generously.” Your generous giving is helping us pay for TV equipment and filming/editing costs of our new TV show, “On the Road to Freedom!” You can expect a generous HARVEST is on its way!
We honor and appreciate you!
Mylon & Christi
P. S. Through TV and the internet, we are literally taking this message of LOVE GIVES around the world! Thank you for helping us to let people know how much God loves them. Don’t forget to receive encouragement yourself from our FREE resources at www.mylon.org. We are always looking for ways to be a big blessing to you!
August 25- Sept 2nd TV Filming "On The Road To Freedom"
Sunday, Sept 10th Light of the World - Topeka, KS
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