October 7, 2010

Happily Ever After

I just want to share these insights that I got from "Our Daily Bread"....

Despite what we've heard in countless fairy tales, there's no guarantee that people who get married will live happily ever after. Things go wrong- sometimes terribly wrong. Even with the best of intentions, we may find ourselves in a house full of resentment, hostility, unrest, and misery. There is no heartache of an unhappy marriage.

Yet, a difficult marriage can be the setting in which God can deal with "the hidden person of the heart" (1 Peter 3:4). Instead of focusing only what is wrong with our partner, we need to open our heart to the Lord and ask Him to confront the evil in us. he will begin to do so- gently, gradually and graciously. We will begin to see ourselves as we are- and not as the thoughtful, patient, polite, gracious, giving, and self-controlled person we had imagined ourselves to be. We will come to see how much ourselves need the Savior's forgiveness and the Spirit's help to do what is right and loving, even when we have been wronged.

Our growth in grace may change our spouse, or it may not. There are no guarantees in life except God's love. But with His help, we can change. Although all our marriage ills may not be cured, God's grace can make us well.- David Roper
*Success in marriage is not FINDING the right person but BECOMING the right person.
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