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Serrated Words

The question still sears into my mind and heart.

“Would you let another man talk to your wife the way you do?”

It stopped me in my tracks and I instantly felt ashamed for the way I had treated my wife in the past when I first heard it. My mind quickly spun through the reels of memories of times I was upset, mad, or hurt and lashed out with venomous words.

There was no way I would ever let another man talk to my wife that way, so why did I do it?

Me, the one that is supposed to encourage her.
Me, the one who entered a covenant to love her for the rest of my life.
Me, the one who promised in front of family and friends that through sickness, through health, through rich, through poor, that I would love till it hurts (and then some.)

Yet, I find myself tearing her down with words spewed out in anger.

Just like building construction, what takes months or years to build, can be reduced to rubble in a matter of seconds when proper care is not used.

So how do we keep from doing this?

As always, Christ is the ultimate example.
We are to love our wives the way Christ loves the church.
We are to look out for them, and we are to have their best interest in mind. (Think of the sacrifice Christ made on the cross for the church, does watching the kids for an evening, or sitting through that chick flick really seem that bad?)

I don’t see Jesus yelling at the people who came to Him broken, insecure, or hurt. He welcomes them tenderly with open arms. His love is unconditional, indescribable, and all inclusive.

Maybe you’re like me and have said some hurtful things.
Take heart, our God is the redeemer, and His forgiveness is readily available.

It might hurt your pride a bit, but admit your mistakes. Work things out.

Lets make the choice to cherish our wives, and remember, we’re better together.

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The Deep Love

I was laying on the couch tonight while trying to entice Caleb (our 2 year old) to come snuggle with me. I knew I could run after him and grab him, carrying him over my shoulder back to the couch, but we all know that forced snuggles are never the same as the real deal. It’s not near as special when they are kicking and squirming and doing everything they can to escape my grasp.

It made me think about how passionately God desires our attention and how we often push our time with Him to the back burner. It’s almost like we don’t understand the lengths that God went to, in order to make a way for us to have a real relationship with Him.

This evening I have had my thinking renewed in the area of the time I spend with my Heavenly Father. I absolutely love to snuggle with my kids, and the love I have for my kids isn’t even a fraction of the love God has for His.

Let’s be reminded today that it is within these special times with our Father, that the problems of the day melt like wax, and the cares of this world drift away.

Say a quiet yes to God and he’ll be there in no time. (James 4:8a MSG)

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Greater Lengths

God went to the greatest lengths possible to design The Way in which we could spend eternity with Him.
He gloriously fulfilled for every one of us, what no-one on earth was capable of doing.

We were guilty, filthy, stained, and continually falling short of the standards God had for His people.
But then something terribly wonderful happened.

He took His only son Jesus, (with whom He was well pleased) and sent Him to earth with a powerful agenda.
Jesus came not to abolish the law, but fulfill it. (Matt 5:17)

He came to be the perfect example of a blameless life, He was tempted in every way, as we are, but He didn’t sin. (Heb 4:15)

He also taught it is crucial that we are deliberate in deciding what to plug our lives into.
In John 15:5 Jesus Himself says, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing..” Branches don’t look to external forces to sustain them, they draw from the plant they are part of. We are designed to bear the fruit of the Spirit, and this brings God glory! (Jn 15:8)

We then become part of something bigger than just you and I.
We become a part of something with Jesus, he makes up for all our insufficiencies, insecurities, and inadequacies.

When we choose to think with the mind of Christ (1 Cor 2:16), we begin to see things from His perspective instead of our meager viewpoints where doubts and obstacles are prevalent.

We need to do this every day in order to fully see what we are meant to do on this side of heaven.

So speak it out today and take on this new perspective, “I have the mind of Christ!”

You will see things from a perspective you never have before!

 

 

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