“But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, ‘God is opposed to the proud, but give grace to the humble.’” James 4:6
The perspective of a groomsman gives him a front row seat to the promises that a married couple makes on their wedding day. I have seen people in the closest of relationships falter and divorce tragically after many years. I have also seen people live long, fruitful, committed, and loving lives together. So what makes all the difference in those two types of marriages? Foundations. The marriages that truly hold together and bear the most benefit to others around them are those that operate together based on a foundation of humility. The truth is that only in Jesus Christ can real and viable humility be found. Remember that Christ set the example of humility by considering himself the same as a regular man even though he was still fully the Almighty God. If a husband can consider his wife to be of greater importance than his own self how much more will she love him in return for his servanthood? And vice-versa? How much more grace will God give us in our relationships if we are humbled enough to follow His example in serving our loved ones or even our own enemies daily out of love and not obligation?
Lord Jesus, please allow us to be obedient disciples to your standards for marriage and humble people in our relationships of all types every day. Amen.