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Grace amid Change
Theme of the Week: Strengthen Your Marriage by God's Grace
Friday, May 9, 2014

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Key Bible Verse: Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. (Romans 12:10)

Dig Deeper: Romans 12:9-21

What should we do when marriage becomes an obstacle course of hurt and disappointment? There are lots of marriage experts who will tell you to try harder. But no amount of effort has resulted in lasting transformation in your relationship. There are others who teach that the only way to have a successful marriage is to marry someone with whom you share much in common. But regardless of how much you share going in, that person is not who you're married to five years later. And I am not talking about divorce. I am talking about life.

You get married and move in with each other. Change. You bring a new child into your family. Change. Your spouse has a major medical setback. Change. You sit for almost 48 hours in the intensive-care nursery and rock your newborn baby, begging God to let that child live. I've done that. You can't help but be changed.

So what determines the level of satisfaction in marriage? To try harder? To make sure we marry someone with whom we have much in common? No! Satisfaction only comes when we have grace to adjust to all of the ins and outs of change life brings our way.

—Tim Kimmel in Grace Filled Marriage

My Response: What are some past or recent changes that have had a major impact on my marriage? How have my wife and I navigated those changes together? How can I infuse more grace into our marriage?

Thought to Apply: If human love does not carry a man beyond himself, it is not love. … It may be affection, it may be warmth of feeling, but it has not the true nature of love in it.—Oswald Chambers (Scottish minister, devotional writer)

Excerpted from Grace Filled Marriage by Tim Kimmel © 2013. Published by Worthy Publishing, a division of Worthy Media, Inc., Brentwood, TN. worthypublishing.com. Used by permission. Twitter: #GraceFilledMarriage @WorthyPub.

Prayer for the Week
Heavenly Father, I humbly yield my relationship with my wife to you, asking for your transforming grace to permeate all areas of my marriage.

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Curt Schleicher

May 09, 2014  8:40am

The most recent change we experienced was just this past year when i was put on permanent disability. My wife accepted the change in stride; although i realize the whole event was as life changing for her as it was for me. But what amazed me was her immediate mindset: to celebrate with a retirement party! How can i put more grace in our marriage---by following her lead and seeing the positive, celebratory side in difficult situations. i am discovering why the Lord led me to share by life with this woman daily. She's my missing puzzle piece. She makes me whole. She's the white bread to my dark rye. Thank you, Lord, for Bonny---this indescribable, awesome lady in my life. Words aren't nearly enough to convey what she means to me. In Jesus name, I praise You for this gift , and pray for her safety and well-being, Amen!

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JOSEPH J TURNER JR

May 09, 2014  5:31am

I am thankful to have huge amounts of grace in this marriage God has me in. Sometimes we need to relearn and put to heart God's way. 15 years (full of grace from both), married to my wife. Jesus reaches out to other couples through us and draws them to himself, so they too can learn grace, love, respect, and glorify him. 💯

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