FEEDING ON THE JOY IN YOUR RELATIONSHIP FOR PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
by Anthony Osei Boateng
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Many people derive motivation for personal development from different sources. Some of these sources may include a set of guidelines or regulations which are used to imbibe the requisite or momentary discipline in the person. One very important source from which a drive or motivation for personal development can be obtained is the joy in one’s relationship. This very important source is often overlooked by many couples resulting in very grave outcomes.
Psalm 19:2 states: “which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race”. This is how the Psalmist described the radiance with which the sun moves across the sky with so much power and elegance. We see that a bridegroom coming out of his chamber is in very high spirits and energised for greater works. This is further compared to an athlete who is well poised and confident to run a race. This proves that joy derived from a good relationship can be diverted into other activities and other engagements of ours to enhance productivity.
This is the reason why many couples are unable to perform their duties optimally when they are quarrelling or when things are not going very well between them. Vice versa, they perform excellently and optimally when there is joy and peace between them. Hence it is the responsibility of couples to seek peace and tranquillity between themselves with the help of God always. The Bible says in Genesis 24:67b: “so she became his wife, and he loved her; and Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death”. This shows a neutralisation of the sadness which Isaac felt after his mother died by the presence and love of Rebekah.
The devil tries to capitalise on this to bring sadness and lack of productivity into the lives of Christian couples by causing misunderstandings, especially when they need to stay together as one and forge together for success and excellence in their individual lives and as a couple. The best way to counteract this problem is by making God the Head of the relationship or marriage. When this happens, you give God the free-range to always intervene in your relationship and marriage in order to set things right. Your relationship gets fixed in God and the devil has to pass through God before he can get tour relationship or marriage. If God does not build the house, the builder builds in vain; and if He does not watch over the city, he watchman watches in vain Psalm 127:1.
May God prosper our lives, as we invite Him to take charge and be the head our our relationships and marriages. Amen!
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