A Father’s Wise Advice
Scripture: “Pay attention, my child to what I say. Listen carefully. Don’t lose sight of my words. Let them penetrate deep within your heart, for they bring life and radiant health to anyone who discovers their meaning. Above all else, guard your heart for it affects everything you do.” Proverbs 4:20-23
Thought: What is it that really makes a marriage alive and vital? Is it following the scriptures or a strict adherence to a plan for the marriage? Living according to God’s Word is important, but of equal importance is the couple’s attitude of heart as they submit with scripture. Sometimes defiance or hostility underlies the outward behavior of following God’s Word. This doesn’t develop a healthy marriage relationship. A proper attitude of heart is the basis for living out God’s plan for husbands and wives. Many couples are very adept at creating illusions. Some create the illusion of intimacy in their marriage; others portray an illusion of spiritual closeness. Others give lip service and appear to be living out God’s Word in their marriage, but their actions do not spring from a right attitude of heart. Some husbands and wives are deeply devoted to following God’s scriptural roles for them. Others respond grudgingly or discard or misinterpret the clear teaching of scripture.
Action: It is important for each of us to periodically take our own temperature concerning the attitude of our heart. Is your spirit open to God’s leading? Do you have a deep desire to allow God’s word to be reflected in your marriage? Do you perceive God’s guidelines for your marriage to be personally limiting or liberating? You know your heart. God knows your heart. You can’t change your heart. But God can change your heart.
Prayer: My Dear Wise Father in Heaven, I need you to work in the spirit of my heart, please do so and give me the strength to surrender. You know what you’re doing and I know you want the best for me and my marriage.