Living Beyond Faithfulness

We need to live the Christian life beyond faithfulness. Faithfulness is huge but it’s just not enough. This statement might appear strange but consider it for a moment.

Husbands and wives can be faithful to each other yet not be in love. This is not only possible but real.

“and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”

Faithfulness is about choosing committment and loyalty regardless of the level of relationship we are in. Again, it is right and admirable, yet it falls short of God’s intention for marriage.

Wendi and I have been faithful to each for over 27 years of marriage but our marriage goes beyond faithfulness. There is joy, companionship, passion, dreams and a desire to know each other more. These things surpass faithfulness and move the relationship into the depths of discovery and delight.

God loves our faithfulness but what He is really after is fulness (Ephesians 3:19). He wants us committed but more importantly he wants us consumed. He appreciates our loyalty but desires for us to love Him fully (Mark 12:30).

Your thoughts?

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  1. Child of God Apr 7, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    Hi Greg,
    I totally agree! God has so much for us and when we allow Him to consume us He takes us deeper into the joy of Him.

    I’m not there yet but I am striving for this. Problem is I get scared. The more I dive into Him the more He shows me the self I must lose in order to obtain what I seek the joy in sorrow and suffering like Jesus had. This giving up of self is tough.

    He is an all consuming fire and I desire to be consumed by Him but the process hurts.

    Have a blessed Resurrection Sunday. He is risen indeed!!

    1. Greg Apr 7, 2012 at 9:45 pm

      That’s certainly a good point. The deeper we go in relationship (with God or anyone) the more vulnerable and transparent we need to become. Scary, yes, but it’s worth the risk. 🙂 I appreciate your honesty. Thanks for sharing! Have a great Resurrection day, too!

  2. gina Apr 16, 2012 at 1:10 am

    this is a really good word. i did all the right stuff for many years after i became a christian, but frankly, ‘faithfulness’ alone didn’t fulfill me. it left me dry and wanting. recently, i found myself in that same place again, realizing that i succumbed to merely ‘being faithful’ and missed the enjoyment of my life in God. i am pressing into intimacy again, because i want Him, not because of anyone else’s eyes watching my ‘faithfulness’. -gina

    1. Greg Apr 16, 2012 at 6:04 am

      Isn’t this where it always falls back to, intimacy. Faithfulness without intimacy turns into religious activity. Blah. Performance without passion is just a job. Blah, again. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Di Jun 22, 2012 at 9:42 am

    I love being faithful to God, and all of Him.
    But I didn’t realize, how important it could be
    To share everything with my husband.
    Sometimes he wants to be on the go,go
    , but I don’t feel like going and doings things
    Like we used to. Is that bad, I feel tired
    And I am older than him;I’m 4years.
    When he is tired I know how that is, but
    It’s been happening more and more.

    I sometimes tell him I feel old, he gets
    Upset and tells me don’t say that, cause than
    You will start feeling your old and you
    Are not. You are young at heart.
    But, I do feel I’m going over the hill.
    Please, pray for me that I can feel happy
    Again, and that I can be happy with
    My husband and my life.
    I don’t want to give up on him nor on
    God. I know in my heart God wants me
    To do something, but I don’t know what.
    Thanks you , BG

    1. Greg Simas Jun 22, 2012 at 10:01 am

      Hi Di,

      Your comment went up here only because this is actually my new sight. Sorry about any inconvenience.

      Sounds like you need some time away to recharge. I would encourage you and your husband to find a weekend and get away just to relax.
      It’s normal to deal with these things in certain seasons of life. I know that I do. 😉 God is with you and your husband is for you. Favor and strength to your body and grace in the journey!


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