Marriage in God’s Hands 26
You Can Have A Marriage Heart To Heart
In this final program, we will look at some of the things that God can do in your marriage, if we cooperate with Him. We have seen marriages that were even ready to go to divorce, that have been restored.
We can have a marriage that is heart to heart. We should move from the “me” focus to the “us” focus. Consider how the various aspects in the marriages affect us, and not me.
Love as described in 1 Corinthians 13 is needed in our marriages. True love will endure difference of opinion. True love will love the other person in the most difficult situations. Ask God to make true love of 1 Corinthians 13 practical in your life.
We are to be patient and kind with each other, and develop respect for each other. Respect and restraint go hand in hand. If we really respect each other, than we will allow the Lord to restrain us. He will change how we think, make us new people, to the point where it will be natural to say the right things.
God has given us distinctive roles in the marriage, which if fulfilled will be of great benefit.
We shall learn to truly forgive and be specific when we say “I’m sorry”. We should not talk to others of the faults of our spouse. We may discuss deeper things with our spouse, but not dwell on faults.
God’s word, the Bible, will be the foundation of a marriage that is heart to heart; aided by prayers of love.
Setting common goals together in this busy life is highly important. Setting priorities are needed to achieve our goals. Communication which draws our hearts together should be a priority. Without it the love for each other will dissolve. Take time to not only communicate, but to understand as well what your husband or wife is truly trying to say. We should eliminate expressions that break our communication. Being honest and transparent in our communication is vital.
Managing money well will eliminate many financial stresses.
We are to learn how to move from discord to harmony, from arguing to understanding. We can not do this if we do not deal with our emotions properly. God can help us manage our emotions. At times a counsellor might be necessary to help rebuilt a marriage. In such a case we should not look to find sympathy for ourself and to blame our partner, but rather someone who by biblical principles will help solve the issue.
Are you making a commitment, like you do for your work etc, to keep love alive in your marriage? There is a need to keep moral purity by controlling our thoughts, etc.
John 17:22-24 “…that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and Thou in Me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that Thou has sent Me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved Me. Father, I will that they also, whom Thou hast given Me, be with Me where I am…” This is our privilege. We can have a marriage that is heart to heart in the Lord Jesus Christ. The only way this is going to happen is if we surrender ourselves to Christ.It has been a joy to be with you. As we have experienced a marriage that is heart to heart in our Lord Jesus Christ, we want that for you. And we know it is possible for you to have a marriage that is heart to heart. God bless you.