DAILY BREAD OF LIFE….
TUESDAY 23RD. AUG.,2016
TOPIC: STAYING WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE LEAVING (2)
TEXT: 2 Corinthians 2:11 “lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices…..”
Recognise who the real enemy of your marriage is. When one thinks, ‘I can’t spend another moment in this relationship,’ it’s easy to lose perspective and focus on the wrong things. Marriage is God’s idea. He planned it as the foundation of His earthly Kingdom. This makes marriage one of satan’s prime targets. This was why he poisoned the perspective and confused the thinking of the first couple. He deceived Adam into believing that Eve was the problem, blaming the fiasco on her (Genesis 3:12). To say the least, both of them were deceived by ‘…the father of lies’ (John 8:44). Satan knew he could undermine God’s plan by driving a wedge between couple, creating antagonism, blame and self-interest, and his methods haven’t changed.
In other words, couples usually ‘keep tabs’ on each other’s shortcomings, identifying our spouse as the problem and refusing to show grace. Paul helps us understand how to overcome satan’s strategy. ‘…..I have forgiven in the sight of
christ…..in order that satan might not outwit us…..we are not unaware of his scheme (2 Corinthians 2:10-11 NIV). Then he counsel us further by saying that ‘….Love….doesn’t keep score of the sins of others….’ (1 Corinthians 13:4-5) . This does not presuppose that , love lives in denial, but that it chooses to practise self-denial! So rather than keeping score of your spouse’s worst qualities, choose to look for their best ones and show your appreciation. Nothing melts resentment and hardness like expressing appreciation for each other Read (Eccl 4:10)
MEDITATION: 1 Cor 13:5; Prov.19:11
STUDY THE BIBLE
JN 6:1-21; 1CHR. 22&23; ZEC 9