14 May 2019

What’s the Secret to Marriage?

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The key to a successful marriage is forgiveness. Ephesians 4:32, And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. Its starts with the heart. A heart that is wired wrong requires deep surgery. Deep hurts, Deep wounds rarely can be wiped out of one’s awareness. Forgiveness if not condoning or excusing bad or hurtful behavior. It involves taking the offense, releasing it and making your enemies your footstool. When we say keeping your enemies your footstool; it is by the power of the Holy Spirit. Let God fight all your battles because they know not what they do. You may have been bruised, mishandled, hurt and offended. The only way to break the chains or cycle of hurtfulness is to stop and ask for forgiveness. Get up and get back into the game of life. This allows the relationship to start over and begin anew. You cannot fulfill your destiny at the bottom of misery. Do not let the pain overpower you from the past and have you anchored at the bottom grasping for air.
In the New Testament we see Jesus, the Lamb of God, come into the world to die for our sins. Through His shedding of blood we can receive the ultimate forgiveness. We may not deserve it but God, in His grace, reached out to provide forgiveness to a dying world. Its an ethical challenge to “love your enemies” and “pray for your persecutors. Remember, forgiveness is an act of faith. You have to simply forgive others and give them to God. If one decides to follow Jesus, the foundation is forgiveness,” he says without it, there is no real Christian life.”
Heavenly Father,
Your Word tells us in Matthew 18:21 , “Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Lord I thank you for your faithfulness to let me see that I have to forgive my brethren up to seven times but your word also says seventy times seven. Heavenly Father, I thank you; respect and honor the foundation that you put in place for our marriage. Without these, the law of love, kindness, mercy, trust and grace, go out the window. I praise You, Jesus, that You operate in the real of both respect and honor and have modeled for us what these qualities of forgiveness look like, even in the face of Your persecution, rejection, and betrayal.
I thank you when I fail to give You or my spouse the attention that they need. I praise You that your word instructs us in the path of love and forgiveness. You are the ultimate covering over our marriage. Pour out your lovingkindness on each of us so that it overflows to the other. Where there has been disrespect, let the other respond with gentleness and grace. Where there has been dishonor, let the other respond with peace and patience.
In Jesus Name, Amen