Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse…Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay, ”says the Lord. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:14, 17-21
Did you have a nice Thanksgiving yesterday with family or friends? How are you feeling now that Thanksgiving is over? Are you hurting? Are you angry or mad that your spouse never called you or even talked to your children on Thanksgiving? Were you alone this Thanksgiving because your spouse had your children? Are you ready to forgive your spouse one more time?
Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times. Matthew 18:21-22
I know if I was with you right now listening to your story of how your spouse left you and your children, I would be hurting for all that you have had to go through. But what is God’s will for you? God wants to teach us the importance of forgiving your spouse or anyone else who has wounded or hurt you. Let’s never forget what our Lord Jesus said on the cross after His horrendous flogging and all the insults that He went through that day.
Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Luke 23:34
You may have had a very lonely Thanksgiving, but have you learned to take captive the negative thoughts that the enemy, Satan, is constantly trying to tell you? Satan wants to steal and destroy your faith, your hope, and God’s promises for restoration of your marriage. Satan wants you to stop praying and give up on standing for restoration of your marriage, especially through the Christmas holidays. Satan wants to steal God’s plan and purpose for your life and marriage.
Do you know how much your Lord loves you in spite of your circumstances right now? God is in control of your life and your marriage completely. All things are under the absolute control of our God, who is the God of the Universe. God desires good things for you. Never forget that Satan himself cannot touch a hair on your head without God’s permission and then only for God to have it turn around to your good in the future. Not all things are good when they happen, but our Lord God will make all things work together for your good in the future, to bring glory and honor to our Lord. We will be victorious.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose… What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Romans 8:28, 31-32
May I make two suggestions for you this weekend. First, forgive your spouse for all that they have done to you on Thanksgiving and for what they are doing to you and to your children every day. The enemy will try to destroy your walk with your Lord Jesus Christ by you building a wall of unforgiveness in your heart. Forgive your spouse or anyone else who may be hurting you now or has hurt you in the past. Your walking in forgiveness is vital for your own spiritual walk and for restoration of your marriage.
“‘And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’ For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” Matthew 6:13-15
Second, you must choose to love your spouse unconditionally. Yes, regardless of their lack of compassion, lack of commitment to your marriage, or their lack of responsibility to you and to your children. How are you doing in loving your spouse, your in-laws, extended family or friends unconditionally who may have even taken your spouse’s side during Thanksgiving?
Do you know who loves you the most? Your Heavenly Father who created you and who loves you so very much. Never forget, you are no mistake in this world. God has a very special plan and purpose for your life that you may not know about right now.
Today, seek your Lord for His love and compassion that only He can give you. There will always be someone who can hurt, ridicule, reject or abandon you, but your Heavenly Father will never leave you or forsake you. You need to learn how to love regardless of other people’s behaviors.
Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” Hebrews 13:4-6
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8
May I challenge you this weekend to examine your heart. Are you loving your Lord, yourself, your spouse, your neighbor and your enemies? Your answer will reflect your spiritual growth and maturity in the Lord.
Let me share a special prayer for you to pray:
Lord, heal my hurts and the pain in my heart. It feels like it is breaking in two. Lord, remove all sorrow and heal my broken, crushed spirit. Lord, help me to forgive and love my spouse unconditionally. Holy Spirit, empower me to love my Lord, my spouse, myself, my own family members who are rejecting me and my enemies as the Word teaches me to do. Lord, reveal God’s truths and open my spouse’s blinded eyes and my loved ones who are deceived as I pray for their salvation daily. Thank You Lord that Your mercy and grace is sufficient for me today. Lord, make this Christmas season special to me regardless of my circumstances. Lord, resurrect hurting and dead marriages around the world throughout the Christmas holiday season. I pray this all in the mighty Name of Jesus. Amen.
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- November 2015
- HAPPY THANKSGIVING! (11/26/2015)
- LUNCH BREAK TESTIMONIES (11/25/2015)
- THANKSGIVING MEMORIES (11/25/2015)
- THREE THANKSGIVINGS (11/24/2015)
- GIVING THANKS TO GOD THE FATHER (11/23/2015)
- ARE YOU PRAYING FOR THANKSGIVING? (11/22/2015)
- SATURDAY TESTIMONIES (11/21/2015)
- WHAT ARE YOU BEING TEMPTED TO DO? (11/20/2015)
- LUNCH BREAK TESTIMONIES (11/19/2015)
- TAKE CARE OF YOUR CHILDREN (11/19/2015)
- WHAT ARE YOU WRITING DOWN? (11/18/2015)
- HELPLESS BUT NOT HOPELESS (11/17/2015)
- FAITH (11/16/2015)
- THE POWER OF PRAYING GOD’S WORD (11/15/2015)
- SATURDAY TESTIMONIES (11/14/2015)
- HOW WOULD YOU RATE YOUR THOUGHTS? (11/13/2015)
- LUNCH BREAK TESTIMONIES (11/12/2015)
- DO YOU HAVE FAITH IN GOD? (11/12/2015)
- NEVER FORGET VETERAN’S DAY (11/11/2015)
- DEEP REGRETS (11/10/2015)
- THREE PHASES (11/09/2015)
- EXPECT A MIRACLE IN YOUR MARRIAGE! (11/08/2015)
- SATURDAY TESTIMONIES (11/07/2015)
- WILL YOU RADIATE THE LORD TO OTHERS? (11/06/2015)
- LUNCH BREAK TESTIMONIES (11/05/2015)
- BACKGROUND NOISE (11/05/2015)
- IS GOD FIRST IN YOUR LIFE? (11/04/2015)
- LESSONS LEARNED AT THE CHECKER BOARD (11/03/2015)
- LOSS AND THE LEVIATHAN (11/02/2015)
- ARE YOU STRUGGLING ABOUT STANDING FOR YOUR MARRIAGE? (11/01/2015)
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