Let’s face it, falling in love is one of the most exhilarating feelings under the sun. At the onset of your relationship, things may get a tad foggy whenever you think about or meet with your special someone. Your palms may break out in a sweat, your cheeks flush, and your heart thumps thunderously. That’s because a decent amount of “feel-good” hormones are coursing through your body.
Your wedding day then becomes the cherry on top. Seeing that you are now husband and wife, you have the legal right to spend every waking minute reveling in your love. Everything else takes a backseat. Nothing else matters as long as you are together. Frequently in the process of falling in love and eventually starting a family, it’s easy for couples to relocate their relationship with God to the back burner. This article will explore why it’s detrimental to do that and delve into the tell-tale signs of when you are trudging this slippery path.
Is it Wrong to Place Your Spouse Above God?
“Jesus said to him, ‘you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.'” (Mathew 22:37).
God is your creator, and He demands the first and central place in your life. It’s in Him that we live, move, and have our being (Acts 17:28). To enjoy a fruitful life, He asks that we abide in Him. Just like fish cannot thrive outside water, we cannot live a purpose-filled life without God as our priority.
Throughout the Scriptures, God does not mince his words concerning man’s priorities. In the Old Testament, God asked the children of Israel to ensure that they did not have any other gods before Him. He also warned them against making carved images or bowing down to them. He told them outrightly that He is a jealous God (Exodus 20:5).
In the New Testament, Jesus warned that whoever loved his father, mother, son, or daughter more than him was not worthy of Him (Mathew 10: 37). He further stated that no one could qualify as his disciple unless he hated his father, mother, wife, and children (Luke 14:26). God uses very strong terms to dissuade humankind from placing things or people above Him. He even asks you to “hate” your father, mother, wife, and children. The term hate serves to show the gravity of this commandment.
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SOURCE: Crosswalk, Keren Kanyago