GIVE UP, GIVE IN, GIVE ALL

24 Jan

GIVE UP, GIVE IN, GIVE ALL

Why did “Michal the daughter of Saul (have) no children to the day of her death” (6:23)?  She remained childless because her selfish agenda prompted her to publicly scorn her husband David, who reacted by shutting her out.  In essence, their marriage died.

Our sin and selfishness focuses us on our own agendas like a sharpshooter locking a target in the crosshairs of his rifle.  Left to ourselves, we will go for what we want every time.  And when two spouses focus only on what they want, all hope for peace vanishes.

Jesus shows us that instead of insisting on being first, we must be willing to be last.  Instead of wanting to be served, we must serve.  Instead of trying to save our lives, we must lose them.  We must love our spouses as much as we love ourselves.  In short, if we want to defeat selfishness, we must give up, give in, and give all.

To experience oneness, you must give up your will for the will of another.  But to do this, you must first give up your will to Christ–only then will you find it possible to give up your will for that of your mate.

NOTE:  This article came from the book “Family Life and Marriage Bible” by Dennis and Barbara Rainey

NOTE:  Daily there is a new post to help your marriage be a success.

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