Love/Life Day 9
Scriptures: Matthew 19:26 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
Ecclesiastes 4:9,12 Two are better than one…Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
Devotional: Believe God can change my marriage- Have you ever found yourself struggling with dissatisfaction in your marriage, or with the despair that things will never change? If so, you may have even considered throwing in the towel. You’re not alone.
Many couples face these kinds of crossroads at differing times in their marriages. If and when that is you, remember this: God can change your marriage. Anything is possible with God, Scripture tells us, And even though you may be tempted to quit, when you seek God first, He will provide a way in the midst of that temptation so that you can endure it.
We see in Ecclesiastes that “a cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Having God at the center of your marriage as that thirds strand may be the only thing that holds it together at times. We are not promised a trouble free marriage- remember Paul’s warning: “those who marry will face many troubles in this life”(1 Corinthians 7:28). But those troubles can also serve to refine us like nothing else can.
In order for us be a reflection of Jesus in our world, we have to take on His characteristics: unconditional love, grace and mercy come to mind. How can we ever learn unconditional love if we are married to someone who always meets our conditions? How can we ever learn grace if our spouse is not sometimes undeserving of our forgiveness? How can we ever learn mercy if we are never challenged to love the unlovable parts of our mate? Do you see that? The very things that challenge us in our marriage are the things that give us opportunity to become more like Jesus; to be conformed to His image and reflect Him more and more. As we offer unconditional love, grace and mercy to our spouse, we become like the very God we serve!
- In what areas are you most tempted to give up on your spouse? How might you take those areas consistently to God in prayer and ask Him to give you unconditional love, grace and mercy for your spouse?
- Would you say that God is that third strand in your marriage? If not, talk with your spouse about how you can put God at the center of your relationship.