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.
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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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