For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 15:4-6
Do you have endurance in standing, praying and waiting for your marriage to be touched and healed by the Lord Jesus Christ? Will you pray that the Lord will give you endurance while you stand firm for your marriage restoration? May I remind you of the very well known “love scripture” in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8? Let me share it from the Amplified Bible:
Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily. It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong]. It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail. Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening]. Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end]. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (AMP)
Did you get the impact of the words such as: endures long, never envious, nor boils over with jealousy, not rude, not touchy, pays no attention to a suffered wrong, love bears, endures everything without weakening. How are you doing with loving your beloved spouse, certain family members, difficult fellow workers or friends right now?
Will you read and study the above passage of scripture and ask the Holy Spirit to help you start treating your husband or wife like 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 regardless of your circumstances? Will you examine your heart about how you speak to your spouse? In fact, start treating all your family members as in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 and see what the Lord will do in your marriage and all relationships.
Endurance builds character
I pray that you will seek to develop “endurance” in your character. Endurance can mean: with dedication, with determination, with energy, with permanence, as a survivor, with tenacity and with virility. You may need to ask the Holy Spirit to give you a new mindset to desire and develop your endurance for marriage restoration. I believe to stand for your marriage to be restored you must have “endurance” while standing and especially after your spouse returns home.
What is endurance? I looked up the word “endure” in the Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary which states as a noun means: patience, patient enduring, longsuffering. As a verb it means: to abide, to abide under, to bear up courageously, to tarry, wait for, to be steadfast, to be long-tempered. In the New World Dictionary “endure” means: to hold out, last, to hold up under, to stand, bear, ability to last, continue or remain and duration. What powerful words and meanings. What a privilege it is to “endure” for your marriage restoration and for your spouse.
As you study endurance, you will see that it is commanded, it is praised and it is rewarded in the Bible. I pray that as you have your devotion time, you will pray that the Lord will teach you how to develop endurance and patience in your personal walk with Him. If you seek and strive to develop your endurance in your character, it will enable you to stand firmly committed to your marriage forever.
Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 2 Timothy 2:3
You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, persecutions, sufferings —what kinds of things happened to me in Antioch, Iconium and Lystra, the persecutions I endured. Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them. 2 Timothy 3:10-11
As you read ‘Charlyne Cares’ my prayer is that it is not read as a quick five-minute devotional, but that you pray, study and learn more about becoming a more steadfast, faithful woman or man of God and stander. Open your Bible and look up or highlight some of the scriptures that we use every day. You can also use a cross-reference Bible to look up additional scriptures to strengthen your heart as you study God’s Word.
Yes, you have a crisis in your life and marriage, but through the power of your Lord God, He is going to make you into a new creature in Christ as you become stronger in the Lord and a better husband or wife than you have ever been. Your goal is to be a better person through the power of the Holy Spirit. You cannot stay the same. You need to grow in the Lord and ask the Lord to change you to become the husband/ wife and father/mother that you need to become as you deepen your Christian walk every day.
One of the secrets of endurance is being inspired by hope in the Lord Jesus Christ. Your Lord has given promises to you for you to develop endurance, hope and patience for your marriage to be resurrected, renewed, restored and reconciled by your Lord. Don’t give up, run the race to win the prize that the Lord has for you and your family.
But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. 1 Timothy 6:11-12a
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