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Breathe…Bring an Element of This Week’s Lesson into Everyday Life

January 30, 2013

Today’s Reading | Luke 9:1-25 | The Key to Marriage

When our marriages struggle we often ask, why should I “act first and let emotions come later?” Why should I serve my spouse when they are unloving or disrespectful? They don’t deserve it! I deserve better! In these moments we have an opportunity like no other to show the world what God is really like. The outside world may not see all that is happening in your marriage but over time they will witness your faithfulness.

“You see…when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.” (Romans 5:6) In the Old Testament God demonstrated His faithfulness to an unfaithful people—He was the faithful husband to an unfaithful wife (Hosea 3:1). In the New Testament Jesus died for us while we were still sinners. He gave Himself up for people who only deserved His wrath. That is the definition of love. (1 John 3:6)

The key to marriage is the cross. Self-denial is the path to a flourishing marriage. When you deny yourself for your spouse, especially when you have been hurt, you are very much like Christ. You display His love to the world. We may talk about God’s love but in marriage we can display it in real life.

This week spend 15 minutes in prayer. Ask God to show you how to deny yourself, your desires, or your expectations in order to love your spouse more fully. (If you are not married, the teaching of self-denial still applies to your relationships. Seek to love others sacrificially.)

 

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