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To truly love our spouse is to protect them by showing honor and respect for their feelings— not revealing or doing anything that will embarrass or “cut them down.” By doing so, we’re dishonoring them and showing that we don’t value them. When we do not show true, - protected, - unselfish, - non-self preserving love, - to our spouse for fear of rejection or hurt – then we dishonor God and we grieve the Holy Spirit!
When people love anyone or any-thing more than their spouse – they Sin! However, when this person can turn it around and do it like God says to, they will see their lives change for the better. The excuses of the past will not work any longer, once we know God’s commands and we then will to not do and perform them, we become guilty of treason!
He told us to obey His commands, not to live as long as we can walking on crutches built by Satan - If a married couple with children has 15 minutes of uninterrupted, non-logistical, non-problem-solving talk every day, It’s an extraordinary achievement – even if the conversation lasts an hour, what have you lost? Nothing – you have gained a true friend and only by practice do we keep things where they should be in our lives. What is important to you – God’s design or your own free and self serving preservation?
People speak about being alone – about how Jesus was alone and on and on they go – yet it only depends on if they are in their own comfort zone or not, usually when they are in God’s comfort zone (where He has placed them – they are uneasy because self fights the whole process) – when one quits fighting, and gives in to God then the struggle ends.
Do not look to the past, do not get out old pictures and lament over them – do not look down into the pill bottle – do not look down into the spout of the liquor bottle - look at where you are now, look to Jesus, look to who He gave you and Yes He spent time alone to pray – yet He was with people daily, praying for them, with them, touching and healing them and giving them life, giving them Himself. Even when He was dying He prayed for those who placed them there –
He took time while beaten, bruised from head to toe, hanging Naked on that cross, He took time to say to the thief who had cursed Him earlier, “Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:43) He was a people person, He knew what they would do to Him (some of them), He knew His destiny long before He left Heaven and He still did it anyway – and we are to be just like Him, emulate Him, and Love people – Just as He did – (John 13:34; 15:9; 15:12 -KJV)
Yes we need prayer time, we need time with the Lord – and that time is to enable us to be prepared to be with people and treat them like we should – according to God and His Word. Your spouse comes first, after God only! Not a child, not an animal, not a TV show, not a job, not etc.
Do you want God’s way or do you want your way – are you so set in your ways that you cannot change or are you so set in your ways that you will not change –
Pharaoh decided not to change, Caiaphas decided not to change, Pilate decided not to change, Judas decided not to change, Eli and his son’s decided not to change, Solomon in the end decided not to change – all are in Hell right now – all are there because their way seemed better –
• Never allow your children’s wants take precedence over your spouse’s needs.
• I have seen many parents who, even years after having children, rarely go out alone—and a few who never have. It has always seemed that, even if you didn’t like each other very much and if your only goal was to send a good message to your children about relationships—then you’d prioritize your relationships, at least once in a while. Otherwise, it would seem, they would grow up believing a “normal” relationship neither requires nor deserves any time or effort the relationship would be seen as secondary, if not dispensable.
• It’s been said millions of times before—but worth repeating one more time: If you want a loving relationship, you must prioritize it and treat it as important. The truth is, you vote with your actions. You can say, “My marriage is really important,” but your actions may be saying something entirely different. You may virtually never spend time alone with your spouse, or go out alone with them. Hardly the way you would behave if your goal was to appear loving.
Jesus requires much of us – in all areas; He requires what He gave!
You call yourself a Christian yet you cannot do what the Word commands – then I doubt your salvation! Plain and simple – self preservation is not salvation, neither is selfishness -
Proverbs 14:12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
Proverbs 16:25 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
(Ephesians 5:21 KJV)
And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.
(Mark 1:35 KJV)
And straightway he constrained his disciples to get into the ship, and to go to the other side before unto Bethsaida, while he sent away the people. And when he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to pray.
(Mark 6:45-46 KJV)
And they came to a place which was named Gethsemane: and he saith to his disciples, Sit ye here, while I shall pray. And he taketh with him Peter and James and John, and began to be sore amazed, and to be very heavy; And saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch.
(Mark 14:32-34 KJV)
And when it was day, he departed and went into a desert place: and the people sought him, and came unto him, and stayed him, that he should not depart from them.
(Luke 4:42 KJV)
And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed.
(Luke 5:16 KJV)
And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.
(Luke 6:12 KJV)
Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
(1 Corinthians 13:5 KJV)
Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
(1 Corinthians 13:7 KJV)
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