Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. 2 Corinthians 7:10
Do you know the most important event in you and your husband’s or wife’s life? It is both you and your spouse confessing your sins, repenting and receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord of your life.
This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood… Romans 3:22-25a
If I were to ask standers the question, “What is the most important part of your marriage being restored?” many would think it was their spouse coming home. You must know that to have your marriage totally restored and rebuilt on the solid rock of Jesus Christ, we need both spouses touched and changed by the Lord Jesus Christ.
“I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” John 3:3
This not only gives you both eternal life, but it will also change you, your character, and your attitudes regarding everything in your lives. When you both know Jesus as Savior and Lord, He will transform both of you into new creatures in Christ.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23
Marriage restoration is a process. It takes time, but in the end, it will be beautiful and worth all the work. Then you will have a heritage for your children, grandchildren and future generations of all that has been accomplished inside those walls.
Some spouses come home by Holy Spirit conviction, but not every spouse comes home repenting and asking Jesus Christ into their life as Savior and Lord. The marriage may have to go through more difficult days if the returned prodigal spouse has not repented of their sins, or if they will not run from their sinful lifestyle or totally sever the relationship with the other person. In fact, you may have to walk through some deep waters if your beloved spouse is home, which is a praise, but they are living in sin. Your actions as a husband or wife with unconditional love will continue to allow the Holy Spirit to speak conviction to their heart every day. Your prayers as the prayer warrior are powerful and essential to get victory.
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer…Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:12, 21
As a stander, pray specifically for your spouse’s repentance and their salvation every day before they come home. Nevertheless, always be ready to open the door wide, bringing them in from Satan’s trap and territory. Jesus will do the changing of the heart. If the Lord brings your prodigal home, He will do the cleansing from their sinful lifestyle.
This Lord’s Day may you and I never forget to pray for all spouses, family and friends, who need to come to know our Lord Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord of their lives. We need to pray that the Holy Spirit will speak conviction so loudly that they will want to repent and turn from sinful lifestyles. May every spouse who does not know our Lord Jesus Christ this Lord’s Day, call on His Name to be saved from the enemy, who is a liar and deceiver. Imagine how many hurting marriages that are still together could be changed forever by putting Jesus Christ first in their lives!
“’Everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.’” Acts 2:21
Isn’t that your prayer for your spouse and other loved ones who are living in sin? Salvation comes as a gift of God’s grace which is God’s unmerited favor, mercy, and compassion for all of His people.
Do you believe that your spouse can be saved? Believe every day that your Lord wants your spouse to be saved and have their life changed completely. Now pray for them forever!
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
The first step in having a restored marriage is to ask Jesus Christ into your life and into the mess of your marriage. You need to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as Savior of your life. When you confess your sins, repent and ask Jesus to come into your life, He will save you and become your Comforter, Counselor, Deliverer, Defender, Advocate and Friend in the days ahead, regardless of your circumstances.
Never stop praying and believing for your husband’s or wife’s heart to be transformed, suddenly, today!
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