It is Sunday night, Amy and the kids have gone to bed and I have been trying to watch a football game. It’s just the kind of football that I love (compelling story lines, hard hits and great defense). But still something in my stomach is turning this evening. I am praying and asking God “what is this burden that I feel for husbands and wives?” I have a deep desire to see men and women transformed in every area by the great Gospel of Jesus Christ! Marriage is one area that has so much strife and conflict and it is also such a delight to see God redeem the brokenness of our marriages relationships.
Talking about marriage and the roles and responsibilities that God established for us is not easy. I realize that even the discussion can be like ripping the bandage off an old wound. Also, when we hear the powerful truth of scripture, God comes in and rearranges things in our hearts. Sometimes He comes to deliver us from old thoughts and patterns that do not glorify Him and that rob us of our joy.
If you are being stirred in your heart about your relationships and specifically your marriage then I want to encourage you to find shelter in the love of God right now. God loves you deeply. He is for you. He is preparing your heart to be perfected. We are all broken, fallen people. So each of our marriages falls short of the ideal. Even the most healthy marriages amongst us have selfishness, pride and anger in them. At the point we admit that we are like everyone else, at the point we admit we need God badly, then we are in a great place for God to move. The question is will we trust Him and run to Him?
Isaiah 41:10 fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
- Get with a brother or sister to share what is happening in your heart, you will be thankful you did.
- Communicate with your spouse, your love for them and desire to grow your marriage.
- Take new steps towards growth, books, devotional times, prayer, counseling whatever it takes!
- Give me a call or shoot me an email. Let me pray with you, for you and walk with you. I am here for you anything, anytime!