According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue—2 Peter 1:3 (KJV)
For His divine power has bestowed upon us all things that [are requisite and suited] to life and godliness, through the [full, personal] knowledge of Him Who called us by and to His own glory and excellence (virtue).—2 Peter 1:3 (Amplified)
Things not working out in your marriage…then don’t blame God!
It has become commonplace for people to place blame when their expectations are not met. At home, in their marriage, in the workplace, or even in their spiritual lives; whenever there is disappointment or frustration, it has to be someone else’s fault. We live in a society where it is totally acceptable not to accept responsibility for what goes on in our lives. Yes, I am aware that sometimes we are the innocent party but that is the exception not the rule.
However, often we have control over the events in our lives but did not do our part to create positive results. In marriage, are we doing our part to create an atmosphere of love, appreciation and affection? If not, then do not be surprised if your spouse begins to give you in return exactly what you have been giving them. We should not enter into a relationship with someone to make us whole; we should be whole from the start. If we are not whole and love ourselves fully, then we cannot expect someone else to love us.
The completion of ourselves has to start with a relationship with God and allowing Him to mold us into the man or woman He wants us to be. Stop expecting our happiness to come from outside of ourselves—it has to come from within! That man or woman who you are connected to has to do the same thing and you cannot force it. God has given us the responsibility to take charge of our lives and circumstances.
Far too often, we are sitting around waiting on God to give us what we need to make our lives and especially our marriages, successful. But He has done that already. He has made us, gave His Son for us, and equipped us with His Spirit, given us His Word and the ability to use it. Now before you say that I have gone off of the deep end, consider this:
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God who are the called according to his purpose.—Romans 8:28 (KJV)
We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose.—Romans 8:28 (Amplified)
God has a plan and a purpose for everyone that serves Him, and provides beforehand everything that is needed to carry out that plan and fulfill that purpose. Now, the fact that you may not see it all now, does in no way diminish the fact that it is there. What does that have to do with marriage? Everything! God plans for our marriage relationships to be an example of love and fidelity…the way He loves us (see Ephesians 5:21-33).
So, do you need help in your marriage? Do not blame God…ask Him what is the plan and purpose He has for it. Ask Him what you need to do to carry that out. Do not attempt to change your spouse because that is not your job…that belongs to the Lord. He, according to Romans 8:24-28, has given us everything we need to gain victory in our lives—including our marriages. So, ask yourselves, are you doing everything God will have you do?
Therefore, if there is a shortage of love or peace in your home, seek God through His Spirit and His Word for the answer to the problem that you are facing. Do everything He instructs you to do and trust Him for the results! God intends for us to live victoriously in every area of our lives and has given us what we need to experience that victory. So, when things are not right in your marriage…
Don’t blame God!!
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