I want to tell you today what I know to be true of you, that overflows my heart with respect for you.
You are a servant. You willingly give up your time, energy, clothes, money and desires for the sake of others and me.
You desire to give your life for the sake of the gospel.
You fight the good fight even when it’s tough or unpopular.
You are the most patient person I know and it has encouraged me to be the same.
You deny self-gratification for that which is eternally more valuable and rewarding.
You value purity in thought and speech.
You hold me to high biblical standards.
You know your weaknesses and don’t try to hide them from others
You desire depth in relationships
You are a trustworthy friend and a
I see Christ in you.
You are my person and I love you.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 says that love is patient, kind, and it does not seek its own way. You asked me once a couple years ago what I needed prayer for, and I pointed to this verse and told you I wanted to love better.
As I struggled to do this I found little success and much disappointment in myself.
I was nervous to jump into marriage and to stand here today promising to love and respect you unconditionally, knowing full well that although my heart means it, I will fail anyways.
The disappointment I felt because of my failure showed me my need for Christ in our relationship. So, like Paul says in 2 Corinthians, I gladly boast in my weakness, because it is Christ’s power that rests in me.
What I am convinced of more than my own failure, is of the strength of our Saviour who is love in the purest form.
I know that God would never ask me to do anything He hasn’t already enabled me to do, and I believe that He will fulfill the desires of my heart; and so, my Ashton, today I vow to you the desires of my heart.
I vow to respect you and to submit my will to yours, to consider your interests above my own, to encourage you daily and remind you of your identity in Christ, I desire to build you up and support your decisions, and to be on and by your side in all things.
I can’t believe that just over two years ago was a time I was wondering if you liked me as I liked you, and now I get to be your wife.
I am giddy, smitten, enamored, and completely in love with you and honored to be your wife from this day forward.
I love you Ashton Moore.
Emily, my love, I’m so excited that I get to be your husband. I love you so much and you really are my best friend. You love the Lord so much and want to follow Him. Honestly, this helps me so much. I love how you will say “I’ve been talking to God.” You seek your relationship with God so wholeheartedly, like you do with all your relationships. I love how you care so deeply about others.
You honestly want what’s best for others and what’s best for me. You help me to grow and become a better man. You are a hard worker and I love that you not afraid to get dirty and build a house in Mexico with me. There are so many reasons why I love you but for time’s sake I can’t list them all. You are an amazing woman and I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with you.
Ephesians 5:25 says, “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church.” Just like in so many aspects of life Christ is the example for me here too. The fact that these two relationships are compared is slightly intimidating. When I think back on all the things that Christ did for the church it’s crazy. He set aside his deity to become a human. He waited patiently for His physical age to be old enough to be considered an adult. He gave up any personal comfort and took to the road preaching and healing people, saving them. And ultimately after all that, he took on every sin ever committed and that ever will be committed, he took them on himself and paid the price for them.
Romans says, “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” And it says, “The wages of sin is death.” Christ paid for all of yours, mine, and everyone else’s sins. He died so we could be free to have a relationship with him. And He did all of this out of love. So again Ephesians tells me to love you like Christ loves the church. Like I said it’s a little intimidating. I’m not Jesus and there is no way I could ever do these things as well as Him, but I want to try. So that’s my promise to you. I promise to look to Christ as my example and to put your needs above my own.
I promise to put the work into becoming a better man for you and treating you how God has outlined and commanded me to. I know I’ll fail at all of this, so I have one more promise for you. I promise not to give up when I fail. I want to fight for our relationship not fight you. After today I am committed to you for life and I’m not going to give up or turn my back on you or that commitment. Mark 10:9 says “Therefore what God has joined together, man must not separate”. I love you, Emily.
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3 Sentence Love Story
We met at a ministry in Mexico where we secretly fell in love with each other in the setting of building houses, no makeup, oily hair, smelly armpits, far too many tacos and whole lotta’ Jesus. Our story continued in Michigan where we attended a bible school together for two years until he asked me to do this life thing with him forever. We got married in California in August surrounded by trees and the ones we love, and our hearts could not be more thankful to Jesus for bringing us together.