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  • Pastor Luis Cruz

When God writes your love Story

Part 3 of Rediscovering Love Series Ephesians 5:19-33 To love and be loved are very important parts of our lives. If you are a faithful believer, chances are, you’ve prayed for your future husband and have asked God to direct you to the right person. And, perhaps, you’ve been looking for signs that heaven has finally sent your special someone. In other words, you want God to write your love story. So, here’s how God wants to write your love story. 1. God sends someone with Christlike love. Ephesians 5:25-27, “25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.” • Being with a heaven-sent someone, is far more rewarding than having someone who is attractive, sweet, hard-working, and successful but has not intimately known Christ. • Your future husband must be someone who mirrors Christ’s love. • Don’t let your emotions and feelings stop you from discerning whom God is sending to you. • Christ’s love is sacrificial, selfless, and unfailing, so must you future husband’s love be. 2. God taught him mutual submission and respect. “21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. 22 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord.” Ephesians 5:21-22 • It’s wrong to say that the wives are the only ones to submit, as it must be mutual submission. • One cannot submit to another without respect, or reverence. • Submission is placing oneself to another’s authority. • Respect for one another moves you to submit to one another. • Mutual submission can only be achieved if we respect or have reverence for one another. • Don’t be afraid to pray for a person who believes in mutual submission. 3. God gave him a foresight. “29 After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— 30 for we are members of his body.” Ephesians 5:29-30. • You can’t have someone in your life who will not pursue marriage. • Your future husband must clearly communicate his plans and let you have your own opinion on it. • The caring attitude of the husband towards his wife, reflects the delightful care the church receives from Christ, as the church is the extension of Christ. • As Jesus is the head of the church, the husband must also provide loving leadership to his wife. • Does your future husband clearly communicate how he would provide spiritual leadership and how he would care for you? 4. God gave him a heart for teamwork. “31 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. 32 This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church.” Ephesians 5:31-32. • Biblical marriage is a symbol of the union between Christ and His church. • Your, would-be-husband, must see you as a teammate. • Some clues: He uses “we” instead of “me,” “ours” rather than “mine and” “us rather than “I”. • He consults you; seeks your ideas. Having the same attitude of Christ: • He can sacrifice important things (and not brag about it) to bring you closer to him. • He gives you grace that helps you grow as a person. • He forgives when you sin against him. 5. God sets him to model worship. “19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 5:19 • Worship is important to him and it is an integral part of his life. • He drops everything just to honor God with his presence and life. • His action preaches louder than his words. • A worshipping husband is a Christian living in deep gratitude to God through Christ.

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