For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. 2 Corinthians 5:21
The stage was set. The actors were each in their places. The script was ready to be followed. And yet, there were no special effects. No unique and moving soundtracks playing in the background.
The scenes leading to the Cross on Golgotha included, a last supper, the singing of an hymn, prayer, and betrayal. A man’s ear was cut off. Jesus re-attached and healed the ear. Armed men came to arrest the innocent and submissive Lamb of God. Jesus willingly went with them
After the mock trials, false witnesses, and and shuffling between leaders, Jesus was led to be slaughtered. The people were cheering. There was applause, laughter, and mocking.
After being beat, the bloodied Jesus carried His cross uphill to the place of the skull. Jesus was going to the Cross as any common criminal. Sinner. Man.
I like the Reese hearts and the Russel Stover Chocolates. My wife likes the chocolates and the red roses too. Each Valentines day we are all reminded about the special relationships many of us are called by God to enjoy – marriage. A happy and healthy marriage is possible!
If you and your spouse are having issues, do not wait to get help. Please call me or another Christian counselor today. Statistically I read some time ago that couples about to divorce wait 6 years too late to get counseling help. Good news – your marriage perspective can change overnight with a little positive encouragement from a Christian counselor.
For today’s devotional, here are 8 Bible passages that when applied, can demonstrate love towards your spouse.
Stay physically and emotionally faithful to your spouse alone. This was declared on your wedding day. Proverbs 5:15 Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well.
Celebrate spiritual, financial, educational, and relational victories. Throw a party for two, go out for coffee, or make a special meal. Ecclesiastes 4:9 Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.
Be Happy. Happiness is not conditional on circumstances but on the attitude. Happiness is a choice. Ecclesiastes 9:9 Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest all the days of the life of thy vanity, which he hath given thee under the sun, all the days of thy vanity: for that is thy portion in this life, and in thy labour which thou takest under the sun.
Blend everything you do and have together. Feelings, faith, friends, finances, etc. All these things should be combined. Matthew 19:6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
Choose to make the spiritually right decision. One of you is probably more spiritual than the other. While the man should lovingly serve with Biblical leadership in the home, it is not always the case. Choose to have a positive, edifying spirit that will build up the other in the things of God. 1 Corinthians 7:14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy.
Modify expectations while not letting any disappointments change you. He made a mess. She was not ready for intimacy. Don’t let circumstances become sources of bitterness. Colossians 3:18-19 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.
Understand each other. Know how the other thinks. Know the likes and dislikes. This is something of a challenge! 1 Peter 3:7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.
Value and treasure the person God gave to you. God gave you a special gift to have as a companion in life. While some people are called to “singleness” the Lord gave you a “help meet.” Treasure this gift with all of your heart. Proverb 18:22 Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.
Amy Carmichael, a Christian missionary to India wrote, “Blessed are the single-hearted, for they shall enjoy much peace…If you refuse to be hurried and pressed, if you stay your soul on God, nothing can keep you from that clearness of spirit which is life and peace. In that stillness you know what His will is.”
What you allow your heart to think impacts the result of either being happy or angry, satisfied or hungry, peaceful or in conflict. What is allowed into your heart will influence you for either good or bad. Having a single-hearted perspective frees a person to enjoy more of the blessings of life than to having a multi-directional heart that feels torn at times and unfulfilled because it is being pulled in many different directions.
A heart and life over-stimulated in so many directions may “melt away” like a drawing in the sand along the sea shore. It’s purpose, direction, and meaning are erased over time. However, a heart focused on the Lord will not lose sight, forget it’s purpose, or miss it’s meaning for being on earth.
Here are 3 perspectives of a single-hearted person:
A Content Heart. Psalm 107:9, For he (God) satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.
A Happy Heart. Psalm 90:14, O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. And Psalms 144:15, Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the LORD.
A Peaceful Heart. Hebrews 13:5, Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. And Psalm 119:165, Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them. Peace is found in Jesus. Peace is more than the absence of conflict- it is the presence of Christ.
Ask the Lord to help your heart to be singularly focused on Him. When we “love God first” all the other relationships, circumstances, and events – work themselves out. What will you allow you heart to be focused on today?