It is amazing how the minds of kindred brothers and sisters in Christ work together. When I received a letter from a sister in Christ, I never imagined that God would lead me to add certain important personal thoughts to a special word that was a part of that letter That word is “qualitatively,” which means, “with respect to quality rather than quantity. But, as usual, God “blows me out of the water!” May I also say that being a believer in Christ, “is a gas; it’s blast; it’s a party that never ends; and we who are in the party always have extra party hats for those who want to join us.”
It is good for us to consider the value of the word “qualitatively,” as it relates to the relationship that exists between Christ and His Bride, the church of Christ. Also, let’s consider how it relates to the husband and wife relationship. I have included at the bottom of this article, a video that relates to the relationship that Christ has with the Church. It also points to how husbands should love their wives and wives should respect their husbands. In the video clip you will see an abbreviated story of a marriage that is failing, with “Catherine and Caleb” being very close to ending their marriage in divorce. The video clip is very short but it conveys a big message. Consider the words that are spoken in the video, especially, “never leave your partner behind.” Let me say this, “marriage illustrates God, and God illustrates marriage. Consider God’s Holy Word, as follows, as it relates to the proper biblical relationship that should exist between husbands and wives, and the degree that Christ loved the church
Hebrews 13:4-5 New International Version (NIV)
4 Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. 5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,
“Never will I leave you;
never will I forsake you.”
Ephesians 5:22-32 New International Version (NIV)
22 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.
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. 28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 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. 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.
1 Peter 3:1-8 New International Version (NIV)
3 Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, 2 when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. 3 Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. 4 Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. 5 For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to adorn themselves. They submitted themselves to their own husbands, 6 like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her lord. You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear.
7 Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.
8 Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.
It is my encouragement that all of you will honestly watch the full movie, “Fire Proof.” Also, just food for thought, in the movie, Kirk Cameron did not kiss the woman who played the part of Catherine. The wife of Kirk Cameron was brought onto the movie set to “kiss her husband.” I have added a link to a discussion of a book that relates to the movie. The name of the book is, “The Love Dare.” The discussion on the book is equally “moving,” as it relates to the saving of marriages. It is my encouragement that you purchase the book. I have found The Love Dare book to be very valuable to me. Now. let me ask you a simple question. Will you seek to have a greater, and more, “qualitative,” love for God, and for your spouse?
Fire Proof – Trailer
The Love Dare