I Found The One My Soul Loves!
There are those compliments we receive that give us joy in that moment, they make our whole day, or they take us through a season.
Compliments that give us strength or confidence or make us feel beautiful.
Simple things, such as a smile, a hug, or words of encouragement; like my friend Jessica always says, “You’ve got this!”
Still, there are those compliments that touch our heart and bless our whole life.
One day, a few years back, I was having dinner with a friend in Mission Valley. I don’t specifically recall the topic of our conversation, but it brought us to the godly men in our lives. She was explaining to me that she personally only knew three godly men. As she recalled two of the godly men she knew, she then said, and your husband Steven.
My husband . . . Steven!!!
I was left in wonderful amazement, feeling blessed beyond measure, like my soul, my very being had been touched at its very core.
The Lord, our Savior, Jesus Christ, gives us the greatest examples through His life of what a godly man looks like.
In the Good Samaritan, Jesus teaches us to show kindness toward others.
To the paralytic man and the woman who bled for 12 years, He showed compassion and healed them.
When His friend Lazarus died, He showed empathy as He mourned for the loss of His friend.
When Mary Magdalene washed Jesus' feet with her tears, He showed mercy and kindness.
When the people brought their children to Jesus so He could pray for them, Jesus taught us the importance of having a child-like disposition and that we are all precious in our Father’s eyes.
From the moment I got to know my husband, he’s always reflected the character of Christ. Many of you know our story of how our friends set us up. After our initial match-making, however, I was determined not to have a boyfriend at the time. I had recently come out of a breakup and was not in a hurry to repeat my mistakes. Steven, however, was tenacious and kept asking me out for dinner, at his home no-less. Honestly, I questioned his motives, but after a while I finally said yes to his dinner invitation. My date and future husband turned out to be an incredibly kind man. I always tell him, “Your Mother raised you well.”
Steven met all of my non-negotiables that I was looking for in a husband. When we started dating, I lay down the law, per say. I told him I was not looking for someone to date, as much as I was looking for the “right man.” One thing I told him was that I needed him to go to church with me. He said yes. At that moment, he won my heart.
Steven accepted me with all of my flaws and we made a commitment to each other to love each other and forgive each other until the end of our life together. I had found the one my heart longed for!
Aside from the everyday things he does to bless me, such as telling me he loves me, cooking and taking care of our family, being my Bible study partner and praying with me, and so much more, he never ceases to amaze me in the way he gives of himself and includes others.
I see the character of Christ lived out in my husband every day in:
His commitment to our marriage
His faithfulness to me
The way he treats our children with patience and kindness
His consideration for others
Most importantly, he is a righteous man in the eyes of our Lord God.
That day at dinner, my friend reminded me that my husband was being salt and light.
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds
and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16
The Lord, our Savior, Jesus Christ, teaches us above all what a godly man looks like. As children of God, we should aspire to do our best to follow in His teachings.
I encourage you today to tell the godly man in your life how you are a better person for having him in your life.
"I found the one my soul loves!” Solomon 3:4