……. and they said “I Do” to me too.
Repent (re·pent) verb. To feel or express sincere regret or remorse about one’s wrongdoing or sin
Repentance is the beginning of the sinner’s prayer. The sinner’s prayer is one in which a man or woman prays to God when they understand they are in need of a Savior. If you look back at yesterday’s post, we, us, you and me, were reminded that we are all sinners, in need of a Savior. A true sinner’s prayer only represents what a person knows to be truth, and is willing to apply that truth to their own lives. “When you know better you do better”, and I would go a step further to say, “When you know Jesus better, the more He uses you to do and be better”
“Forgive me Father for I have sinned” we must ALL realize that we are all sinners and there is NOT one of us here on this earth righteous. Nope. Not one. (Romans 3:10) “ As it is written, There is none righteous no, not one” This scripture is very clear that we have all sinned, and as we continue to love each other in marriage, we must seek God’s truth and His word to explain to us what loving a sinner looks like. He works through our lives and love to make each other better. This is where a new beginning and love in marriage begins.
Repentance. These words are important in a man and woman’s individual walk with God. As we love each other in marriage we find that it is equally important to us as husband and wife. The act of repentance begins a transformative lifestyle, an endless pursuit of hope and faith, and a life fully committed to pleasing God, your marriage, and your purpose for His glory daily.
Failure to repent stunts our individual growth for God’s plans and purpose in our own lives. Failure to repent builds a wedge between us and God. It prevents the covenant love He created for you us as husband and wife to be shared for each other. Ask yourself, is there anything in my life, in this moment, separating me from daily commune with God? Is it the love of Sin? Harboring Un-forgiveness? Focusing more on work than your home? Finances??
It’s not too late. There’s still time. Still time to Repent. It’s time to truly seek after the Savior.
He has been pursuing your heart in new ways already. Seriously, would you be reading this if he wasn’t? It’s not going to be easy, but it will be worth it. (John 16:33) Surrender and let God show you His plans for your life, and most importantly for how you were created to love in your marriage. Start today. In this moment. Right now. Allow the new you to work from the power of the Savior within you.
We get so many emails sharing that their marriages are growing cold, marriages that are seeking selfish intentions, broken trust, addictions, and all these leading to some who have done the unthinkable…….. they have filed for divorce. This breaks our hearts.
We have to search ourselves daily to make sure that our sin issues are surrendered to the feet of our Savior so that our marriages won’t reek of the awful, foul, sins of this world. Now, don’t get me wrong, it won’t be perfect, but it will be worth it.
It is up to you and me to take responsibility for our married love. Marriage was uniquely created for God, by God, to give him the ultimate glory. We read in Matthew 19:4-6, (Matthew 19:4-6 “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’ ? So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.”), that TOGETHER we are one.
We must work together as a unit. Together in communication. Together in finances. Together in everything. Covenant marriage, and I Do’s means that we must never keep secrets. Answer the questions, even if they are asked over and over again. Be honest, be open, and Be patient, and stay accountable to each other.
Learn each other’s Love Languages, and do your best to speak these fluently to each other. If there are things in your life that you are doing or participating in where your spouse is not involved, can’t ask questions of you, or causes you to neglect him/her, you must seek repentance, and ask God to forgive you. Pray for a new balance. Then, go and find your spouse and tell the truth. Be open. Be honest. Be patient and let your love for them shine through. In order for true worship and Love to return in your marriage, we each must be held accountable for all of our actions.
As we each learn how to cleave (Genesis 2:24 ) again today, we must meditate on Matthew 19:4-6. Memorize Genesis 2:24, and be grateful that God chose us to be in a married covenant. There are many men and women who wish they could be where you are today. Be grateful for your marriage, God chose you because He knew you would give all the glory to Him.
May you cleave together now more than ever, life’s too short to waste any more time. Success begins when you and I learn to prioritize God’s list of priorities before we focus on our own. Happy Cleaving!