Good Christian Spouses

What is it to be a good Christian spouse? Many Christians believe they are pretty good spouses. What is a typical day for a good Christian spouse?

The alarm clock sounds. It is time to get up for one or both spouses. Some Bible reading together or at least some prayer time would have been good, but hitting the snooze button a few times was necessary. It’s been a long week and it’s only Tuesday.

Running late. Got to get going. Got to get to work. The spouses say their goodbyes.

One spouse calls the other during the day. The call was a reminder to secure a spot for the important anniversary date night. The call can’t be returned due to lunch with an old college friend. The spouse will understand. Besides, they’ll see each other tonight.

Finally, the day ends. It is dinner time and the spouses are back together. The first prayer of the day is offered. Someone prays over the food. Between TV commercials they exchange stories about how their days went. TV is the welcomed dinner time entertainment to help ease the tensions of the day.

They do talk a bit about the frustrations of their day trading war stories. Frustration turns into inter-marital gossip. Prayer doesn’t even cross their minds as they re-live their individual battles together.

Dinner is over. Someone cleans up. Someone gets on the computer in the other room.

Ironically, the husband is hurting spiritually, but neither of them realize it. And the wife is in the same boat.

They will be okay though. They’re in love. They were married in a nice church. They wear wedding rings. They share a house and a bed. They go to church together.

They know each other – sorta.

The sandman has been hard at work so it’s time for sleep. She thinks about praying, but wants her husband to lead so she doesn’t push the issue.  He thinks about praying, but knows his wife is tired and doesn’t want to be overbearing. They agree that they’re too tired for prayer.

Besides, tomorrow is only Wednesday and they’ve got several days for prayer and spiritual conversation. Then, a few days later Sunday will arrive where they can share prayer requests with the church gathered.

Even though today was a slow day, they can’t believe how busy life is and they don’t even have kids yet. As the slogan says – life happens. There are many important tasks they want to accomplish.

One day they hope to have more time for one another; and for God. But they love each other and they love God. They know they will have time one day to get their spiritual house in order. For now, they’re just happy to be in church on Sundays.

Although, there are gaps that need filling in, how typical is the description of the above Christian household? I don’t exactly know. Even if some would say that description is not in the ballpark, I’d bet they could at least hear the crowd.

As a Christian, whether single or married, you are a spouse to Jesus by being part of the church, His bride.

So Christian, what kind of spouse are you to Jesus and what do you know of Him?

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Ajay Pollarine January 3, 2013 at 2:41 pm

Nicely said.

2 Mark January 3, 2013 at 3:09 pm

Thank you, Ajay.

3 T Wilson January 6, 2013 at 4:02 pm

Wow! Way to punch in the gut at the end…I needed it…..This is where good disciplines are important but we must be wary to not fall into legalism or rigidity in the fleshing out of those disciplines. I am guilty of “intending” to love and judge myself according to those intensions…however, my intentions and actions (fruit) do not always match up, Again, thanks for the sobering words of encouragement.

4 Mark January 6, 2013 at 11:18 pm

Thanks for stopping by, Tony. I’m glad the post achieved its goal since I was standing in front of the metaphorical mirror while writing.


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