Theme of the Week: The Marriage Promise
Bible Verse: For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift— not from works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9, CSB
Scripture Reading: Ephesians 1:3-14
As strange as this sounds, sometimes when we talk about God’s love for us expressed through Jesus Christ, we talk as if it is an abstract statement of fact. Jesus’ sacrificial death for us, God’s grace in our lives, is a very concrete reality that impacts everything about our lives, including your marriage.
I am convinced that one of the greatest things you can do for your marriage is to every day meditate on and celebrate God’s grace, his love given to you through Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection. Grace is God giving to us through Jesus what we don’t deserve.
How does grace impact your marriage?
God’s grace reminds us that we, husbands and wives, are sinners. I am a sinner, and my wife is a sinner. We are not perfect, but we are in process. When we were married, God brought two sinners together “until death do us part” to work out our sanctification together. As many of us know, this does not always go as well as we hope for or plan. We have our moments, our days, and our seasons because we are sinners.
We are sinners that need God’s grace. I don’t deserve God’s grace, but I desperately need it! Without faith in who Jesus is and what he alone has done, experiencing God’s forgiveness is not possible. It is good to remember that we are sinners forgiven by a loving God. Just imagine how much God loves you.
Because I have experienced and continue to experience God’s grace through Jesus Christ, I can extend grace to my spouse. Today you and your spouse may have spoken harsh words to one another. Tomorrow you or your spouse may act selfishly instead of lovingly towards each other. God’s grace empowers us to extend grace and forgiveness to one another. The Apostle Paul said, “Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”
Today, remember God’s grace in your life and marriage. You don’t deserve it, but you need it!
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