All praise be to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful and His love is everlasting. I praise the Lord for His love and the ministry He has blessed Carissa and I with. Our desire is to honor God in our lives and share the missional aspect of our marriage with those whom we come in contact with. We find ourselves always stressing the point as Crawford and Karen Lorrits have put it, “the marriage is not just about now, today, but it shapes and affects the future.” The name Carissa is feminine name given of Greek origin derived from Greek χαρις (charis) meaning “grace.” The name is indeed fitting as our relationship is running on the fuel of grace.
First of all, it is the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ which has enabled us to be made right with God through His sacrifice. The Lord Jesus Christ lavished us with His grace and gave us the right to be called the children of God. Secondly, through His everlasting wisdom and knowledge He brought us together and gave us the knowledge to extend this very grace in our marriage as He has extended it toward us.
What God has taught us
Time after time, I am reminded from the word of God that the marriage, like our relationship with Lord Jesus Christ, is a mystery; which, is made vivid as we grow closer to Christ and to each other.
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word. and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church–for we are members of his body. “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they two will become one flesh.” This is a profound mystery–but I am talking about Christ and the church. However, each one of your also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.Ephesians 5:25-30 NIV
What we have learned
September 28, 2013 stands as the happiest day of my life. I said “I do” in the presence of those who were close to us and Lord Jesus Christ to the love of my life. What I did not know, that God was teaching me (Aamir) through our marriage to understand the depth of the covenant between God and myself through Jesus Christ. God has revealed to us that the purpose our marriage is not to find satisfaction from each other but to leave a legacy for the generations to come. To help them understand that God has called us to glorify His name through our marriage.
What we are sharing
We know marriage is a spiritual endeavor and in our culture it is under attack. However, in Christ we are not alone but the God of this universe is with us. In order for us to restore and strengthen our marriages we must understand our relationship with God, only then can we truly love and will admire what God has called us to and will fulfill His purpose.
Message of hope
If God is for us, who can be against us. If you are struggling in your marriage, we want you to know that you are not alone. Marriage is a spiritual endeavor where, two sinners are United as one to glorify the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. We face deterioration when we focus on ourselves instead of seeking God and loving our spouse. We will encourage you to first love the Lord and seek His face and ask Him to give you the desire to love your spouse as He instructs us to love them. Only then can you see the glorify of God in your marriage.
As we celebrate the day when we became one, we are praying for you and your relationship with the Lord and your spouse. Continue to rely on the Lord and love your spouse as Christ is calling you to, He alone will provide you with patience, strength and endurance as you serve Him.