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4 “Jesus-Like” Qualities I See In My Wife

I remember that day like it was yesterday. It was homecoming at the local high school, and the parade was creeping through town towards the football field. I was one of the hundreds of people in attendance that brisk fall afternoon. It was the day that I would meet my wife, Amanda.

Photo Credit: Amanda Statson

Photo Credit: Amanda Statson

One near death experience, and three declined invitations later, we finally settled on the perfect lunch date. One date led to another and pretty soon, we were dating for five years. After gathering enough courage on our ‘anniversary’, I finally decided to pop the big question. A few short months later, we were married.

I’ve had the opportunity to grow in Christ alongside my best friend for the past several years. Since the first day we met, I’ve noticed she has many Godly-qualities. Here’s 4 “Jesus-Like” Qualities I See In My Wife:

 

1. Compassion — “She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.” -Proverbs 31:20

Throughout scripture Jesus always had compassion on the least and less fortunate of people. He chooses to eat with broken & sinful people, rather than the respected authorities. Christ goes even further, in his Sermon on the Mount, and he tells his audience to pray even for enemies. Compassion isn’t something to show only those close to you. We are to offer up love and support for everybody. This quality that Christ embodied is also very evident in Amanda.

 

2. Humility — “…but in humility consider others better than yourselves.” -Philippians 2:3b

Christ was born for a reason. He came into this world to die. More specifically, he came to die for us. Jesus lived a sinless life. His life was of extreme importance, and yet, he put the needs of others before himself. Similarly, I see this often in the life of my wife. Constantly, I find Amanda putting the needs of others before her own. She thinks of others, acts out for others, serves others, loves others, and will encourage others way before she thinks of herself. Every day, I work towards being as humble as she is, and as humble as Jesus was.

 

 

3. Forgiveness — “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” -Ephesians 4:32

Forgiveness is one of the hardest things we can do. To often, people hurt us more than we can bear. Jesus taught that we must forgive. This forgiveness doesn’t mean we must say a simple, “I forgive you.” Instead we must love & pray for those that have hurt us. As sinners, we all deserve death & judgement. Instead, Christ came to die in our place. He forgave us. Amanda models this forgiveness in her own life. (Keep in mind I’m not easy to live with! She forgives me, even when I am least deserving of her forgiveness.) Her wisdom, when it comes to the area of forgiveness, pushes me to be more forgiving in my relationships with others.

 

4. Love — “We love because he first loved us.” -1 John 4:19

Love and Jesus go hand in hand. You cannot have one without the other. Everything Jesus did revolved around love. My wife models this kind of love in her life. The love she shows for others, and for Christ, is immeasurable.

 

The moral of the story is that Amanda continues to amaze me as she embodies Christ-like qualities in her own life. She serves as a great example to myself and all those who know her that this life isn’t about us: it’s about Jesus. I love you Amanda!

 

p.s. Don’t forget to leave a comment below. If you know Amanda, be sure to leave her some love!

 

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Scott is a pastor and author of Wake Up. His passion for Jesus and for the church is evident in every aspect of his ministry. He enjoys fresh cups of coffee, sports, and of course Star Wars. Be sure to check his site for regular blog updates, and follow him on Twitter.

5 thoughts on “4 “Jesus-Like” Qualities I See In My Wife

  1. Great testimony on Amanda and how important it is to have a wife that resembles those Christ like characteristics! As Amanda’s brother, growing up we were very close. I could talk to her about anything and she always showed compassion and love. We didnt have a normal brother-sister relationship, sure we had our moments, but we almost always got along. I can say this too, she has worked multiple minimum wage jobs at a time and still gives to our church, K-love, and Sponsers a child through Compassion International!! She is one of the most generous, loving, kind and humble person I know!! I am so glad to call her my sister. And I am so glad to have such a great and powerful God!!!

  2. What a great testimony Scott. Amanda has been my friend for many years and seeing her grow in Christ alongside you has been a blessing to see. I would add another quality and that’s patience. God has great patience with us as we find our way to be closer to Him and live our lives fully for him. Amanda has always shown patience (even patiently waiting for you to propose)

    Love you guys.

  3. I absolutely love this! I agree with all that you said. It’s a blessing to know Amanda and to have known her for so long. She is an incredible woman of God who shows it through all that she does. Love you both!

  4. I agree! Amanda is a fine example of Christ likeness in every way. The Lord certainly blessed our family with such a treasure! The day she was born was a day filled with great joy (much like our Savior’s) Everyone in our family was greatly looking forward to this expected blessing. Being the first grandchild in the King family, she was so adored and celebrated (like baby Jesus). She was sent before the others to be a shining example of our Father’s love! Her Life has been one of great responsibility, frequent struggle and always perseverence. She lays down her life for others in so many ways. She thinks not of herself but for those around her. I am truly blessed to know and love her personally! And you Scott, are a very blessed man to have a wife who so adores you and speaks highly of you and all occasions! Recently she told me you are like the next Billy Graham!

    May the Lord continue to richly bless your marriage and continue to give Amanda all the strength, peace and joy she needs to be a support to our family and to you and your ministry, in Jesus name!

    Love you both so much,
    Aunt Cindy

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