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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Are you loving unconditionally?
This is one of Charlyne’s favorite teachings as it teaches you how to love your spouse unconditionally when your spouse is living in sin and does not deserve it. Let God’s Word show you how to love your husband or wife unconditionally! Love never fails. You can do it! This is one of the keys that changed Charlyne’s life and then in time, allowed Bob to return home.
 
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LORD, HELP ME LOVE MY SPOUSE
 
The LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” …But for Adam no suitable helper was found. So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and closed up the place with flesh. Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.” For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh. The man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.  Genesis 2:18, 20-25
 
The enemy came in to steal, kill and destroy your marriage. On your wedding day, did you ever think your marriage would end up in a crisis? Prior to your marriage did you and your spouse discuss how you would work out conflicts? Did you agree that you would not allow anyone or anything to destroy your marriage? So what changed?
 
Do you recall the love you and your spouse once shared? Do you remember the early days when you would talk to each other for hours?
 
Things have changed now, but are you willing to be the first in your marriage to choose to love your spouse unconditionally? Are you willing to wait on the Lord’s timing?
 

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.  1 Peter 4:8
 
I pray that you will learn the sanctity and the covenant of marriage. Will you choose to never forget your wedding vows that you made to your husband or wife which said, “for better or worse, in sickness and in health, till death us to do part?” Your children need you both at home and statistics are confirming that now more than ever before. Marriage was God’s plan.
 
The Holy Spirit can solve each and every problem that you may be facing. Will you give up listening to everyone else, wanting your own way and freedom, and choose to seek God’s perfect will for your marriage? God needs only one person to stand in the gap to start working on your marriage.
 

“I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none.”  Ezekiel 22:30

How are you dealing with your emotions? You may be getting weary and tired because you have such a heavy responsibility at this moment. Ask the Lord to help meet all your needs. Never stop praying and talking to Him daily.
 
Are you reading your Bible? God wants a personal relationship with you first. Ask Him questions. Write them down and then wait for His wisdom and knowledge. Never forget that nothing is too hard for God to do, including resurrecting a dead marriage!
  
Do you love your spouse the way you should? I know that one moment you could be hating them and the next moment grieving and crying out to the Lord to have them call you.
 
I would pray that Bob would think of me, about our children and would call and check on us. I know the hurt and pain you are going through. I pray that you will fight for your marriage as if they were taken hostage as a prisoner of war. That is where they are now spiritually. The enemy, Satan, has them blinded, deceived and deaf to God’s truths about love, marriage and their responsibilities as a husband or wife and as a father or mother. Don’t give up on your beloved spouse!
   
Today, ask your Lord to rekindle and to reignite the love in both you and your spouse’s hearts so that you both will feel that spark and love that you had for each other again. I know it can happen, as I hated my husband, but the Lord touched and changed my heart first and then God started working on my husband’s heart.
 
Ask God to restore that deep love you once had for your spouse. Remember, this is going to be God’s true love-not a lust of the eyes or the flesh which is a counterfeit that they are in now! Don’t give up!
 

In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church–for we are members of his body. “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” This is a profound mystery–but I am talking about Christ and the church. However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.  Ephesians 5:28-33

God bless,

Charlyne Steinkamp
Rejoice Marriage Ministries, Inc.

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