Many an “Armchair Philosopher” has said that “Love doesn’t pay the bills” and I used to agree with this for many years, but the more I learn about God and Marriage it has become abundantly clear that this is not true.
To explain further, I would have you first look at your own marriage as an example. To venture a guess, I would assume that most are married for the sake of love; at least I would like to think so. When you were first married, you thought you could take on anything the world could throw at you; at least until children came along – it is okay to chuckle, I am.
If love is truly the foundation of the love between a man and woman, then why else would anything else matter?
After the marriage, has fermented a few years, this is when the “Love Thing” starts to get a little hazy for some. Not only do they have children now, they have bills; usually more than what is comfortable. Now enter, STRESS. Once this critter enters the picture the vision of Love starts to lessen and it now becomes the burden after all the other things or tasks get done.
Was God ever on the task list or was He moved to the bottom?
Now for my position on “Love Paying the Bills”. It does. How, you ask? Well, from the Christian perspective, God brought us together in our marriage and thus it is His plan. By His love, we are brought together and by His love we will stay together. All the things that we create in between are ours to deal with, but it will be love at the end of the day that makes it all happen; the relationship, the children, the job and the other accomplishments we try to give ourselves credit for.
When was the last time we thanked God for every blessing in our lives, even the ones we may not have agreed with?
The next time you find yourself struggling with the bills, the children or just life in general as a married couple try this; take it all in from the perspective as a gift of God, not another burden. It is because of God’s love that we have the blessings in our life and these gifts require maintenance. If we choose not to approach the work to take care of the blessings with love and faith in God, we will fail.
Ephesians 2: 7 – 10. “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
Although it may not appear so on the surface, I believe that love does pay the bills. I would like to think of it as love outweighing all the things in our lives that make it appear complicated, stressful or meaningless. God has given us the gift of love through Jesus Christ so that we may overcome these burdens; so, use it!
The Koifish Christian