Just the other day, I had a great conversation with a young bride to be. I was reminded of an amazing concept the Lord dropped in my heart years ago regarding relationships.
This approach to relationships is especially ideal when it comes to marriage.
Before I share this amazing secret with you, let me ask you a question. What do you think is the leading cause of any relationship malfunction and divorce?
Granted, I’m no expert but what God has shown me, is that selfishness and pride are the number one culprits of relationship failure.
I call it, “The Me factor.”
The secret to relationships is “Preference.” Defined as: to value more highly, to hold before or above; and to give priority to.
Our example is found in Jesus. At the cross He preferred you and me. He knew it would be a brutal endeavor to go through, yet He chose God’s will over His. (Luke 22:42)
The concept unfolds as this—if each person in the relationship/marriage prefers and thinks more highly of the other, caring for the needs of the other person over their own needs, then all needs will be met.
Living a life of preference takes the focus off of our self; what I want—what I need and puts the emphasis on the other person in the relationship. We move out of the selfishness of concentrating on our own wants, needs and desires and tune into what will bless the other person.
Is this an easy way to live? No.
Why? Because in order to be like Jesus we must die daily—we must decrease so He can increase.
The fear to this lifestyle is; what if the other person in the relationship doesn’t want to live a preferring life style? What about Me? How will my needs be met?
Valid concern. The answer—Jesus.
Since He really is, the only one who should or could, complete, fulfill or meet our needs—then He is the answer.
This was a difficult concept to grasp, mainly because it opposed my flesh. But once I submitted to the Lord in this, it changed my life, not to mention all my relationships!
In my marriage I stopped choking the life out of my husband trying to get him to meet my every need. Essentially I discovered that Jesus really is enough for me.
This concept brings freedom. It frees you to go deeper in relationship with God, making Him all you need. It frees you to love others, love your spouse, parents and siblings without putting the heavy burden of meeting your needs on them. Basically you are free to love without unreasonable expectations on either party.
I have found such joy and depth in my relationship with God since He asked me to live life in this manner of preference.
I invite you to go deeper. To relinquish your wants, needs and desires to God and let Him be “The One” to complete you. You seriously won’t be sorry—just free. Free to love and be loved!
“Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another.” Romans 12:10