My devotional challenged me with 2 things.
1. The Word of God says that as husband and wife we are to love each other as brothers and sisters in Christ
2. It asks why some Christians treat other Christians friends outside their home better than the ones in their own homes.
Obviously, my husband is much more than my brother in Christ, but I shouldn't let it cancel out that part of our relationship. I think the marriage part of our relationship can interfere with the "loving like a brother in Christ" part of our relationship. Obviously it is easier with the people outside our homes because we are not exposed to them in such an intimate way on a daily basis; and they are not exposed to us. Dealing with the flaws in our spouse and the exposure of our own flaws on a daily basis can be difficult. But I think this reminder helps. Maybe I need to figure out how to still keep my love for my husband as a brother in Christ in tact apart from the marital issues that would seek to interfere with that. Maybe on that note there needs to be a degree of separation of the 2 even though in marriage they are intermingled. But I feel like when you have an argument or something upsets you or offends you, before you respond you can ask yourself........."How would I respond to a brother in Christ? I feel like if I could give attention to that relationship within the context of our marriage it would be much richer. The bottom scriptures will help me I know!!
Hebrews 13:5, Hebrews 13:7 KJV Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.
The scriptures above remind me that since Jesus will never leave me or forsake me, I have all I need and I should be content with everything else in my life. and they also remind me to pay attention to the results of my husbands faith and follow his lead.