When I was younger, I wanted a love like the movies. I wanted someone to tell me they loved me more than anything. I wanted to be the thing they loved the most. After being in relationships where that was the case, it terrified me to look for a husband who loved Jesus more. What if that didn’t leave enough love for me?
I even had my Christian loophole ready: If marriage represents Christ’s love for the Church, what could He have loved more than the Church?
Christ’s love for the church was the most selfless love imaginable; whereas, my desire to be loved “the most” was a selfish need for security. You have jealousy, not love, if your need to be loved interferes with your spouse’s love for God, rather than enhancing it.
My husband loves me, but he loves Jesus more. And there is so much more security in that. People fall in and out of love with each other all of the time, because we are always changing. If my husband listed out the reasons he fell in love with me, I could probably pick out several things that aren’t true anymore. If you ask people why they get divorced, most of them will tell you, “We just weren’t in love anymore.”
My husband and I don’t stay in marriage because we love each other—even though we do—but because we both love Jesus. Jesus is the rock of our marriage, and He doesn’t change. My security in my marriage doesn’t come from my husband loving me the most, but from my husband loving Jesus the most, because Jesus will never let him down. Our love may change, but His never does.
When we focus on how much Jesus loves us, rather than how much our spouse loves us, it equips us to love better. My love for my husband isn’t based on his behavior, or his abilities, or his looks—it comes from an overflow of the love that covers me daily. And even more importantly, my expectations of being loved don’t fall on him, either. I’m loved more than anything by my Savior. He knows all of my flaws, all of my deepest, darkest thoughts, and He still loves me more than my husband could even begin to.
Marriage is a covenant that reflects the one God made with His church. Your marriage should reflect God’s love, not replace it. So if you are feeling unloved or unloving, try taking a step back and re-focusing your attention on Jesus. Don’t look for a love like the movies; look for a love like the cross.
6 thoughts on “I Am Not His First Love”
What a great post! I struggle with this as well and have to remind myself that Christ ALWAYS needs to come first. Thankfully, my husband and I actively work at growing together in Christ.
Love this!! My husband’s love and devotion to Christ is one of the things I love about my husband. As a wife, we are called to respect and submit to our husbands. Doing this is so much easier when our husbands’ are following and submitted to Christ first.
Exactly our identity should not be in other people or the fantasies the world tells us about but in Christ. And Christ alone.
I love this! I actually (which I’m not saying its a must) have kept myself away from “chick-flicks” / romance movies for this very reason. Cookie cutter love just doesn’t exist, and if we are searching for it we will be greatly let down! You are right; true love happened on the cross! Powerful word! ❤
Excellent post. I will always remember one of my friends asking when I announced my engagement if he loved Jesus more than me.
Isn’t it wonderful how when we love Jesus first, He takes care of the rest.