How do Privilege and Responsibility fit together in Marriage?

Five Minute Friday prompt: Privilege

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Made by Lila Diller with Canva.

When I think of privilege, I think of many things. But I will focus on responsibility. At first glance, privilege and responsibility probably seem opposites. But they go hand-in-hand.

We are privileged in our marriages to have the freedom to perform our responsibilities to our spouse. Privilege to me just means having the opportunity. It's dependent on freedom.

God gives us the freedom to do what is right. It says in Romans 6:5-22 (see especially verse 19) that we are no longer slaves to sin: Hallelujah! But now we are free to become slaves of the One True God, the Faithful and True One, who will lead us into all righteousness for His name's sake (Psalm 23:3).

What is right for our spouse? To be loved unconditionally, to be forgiven, to be put first. This is our privilege. Our responsibility is to continue to do these things even when it's hard; even when it hurts; even if it's unappreciated or taken advantage of. Our privilege is our responsibility. It just depends on how you look at it.

Today I will purpose to deliberately see my husband's need as a gift that God has given only me to be able to fill. That's my privilege. What's yours?


(This Five Minute Friday prompt is a series of writing prompts let by Kate Motaung. We set our timers for only five minutes and just free write. It's an excellent way to hone your writing skills. If you're interested in taking part, go to Five Minute Friday.)