WHAT HAS YOUR SPOUSE GONE THROUGH?

4 Aug

WHAT HAS YOUR SPOUSE GONE THROUGH?

I don’t know about you, but the hardest thing for me is finding a nice gift for my husband.

CASE AND POINT: Fathers Day, my husband’s birthday and our anniversary are within four weeks.  It is always a nightmare for me because I want to give him the best gift I can find but I never know what to give him.  To me he deserves the best but how do you put that in a box?

Of all the men I have ever met, my husband is the best father I have ever known.

I am not saying that to make him sound nice, but he is very maternal.

Jesus told a story about a wealthy father whose son had left him and taken his inheritance with him.  After the son had no more money left, he returned home.

According to Jewish custom, when a child squandered a family inheritance among gentiles they had a qetsatsah ceremony.  The villagers would fill a large pot with corn and nuts, which would burn till the pot broke in front of the errant son.  At the point they would say, “So-and-so (sons name) is cut off from his people.”  At that point the son had to get out of town for good.

Instead of not allowing his son back home, Jesus tells the story how the father ran to meet him.  He put best robe on him, put a ring on his finger and put shoes on his feet.  He made a great feast and said, “My son was dead, and is alive again.”  His older son became very angered at his foolish younger brother.

That is a picture of how God feels about you and I.

Unless you have never had a prodigal child leave home, there is no way to explain the emotions that are going on in your heart.

Jesus claimed a father/son relationship with God and that shocked and offended the Jews because they feared in even pronouncing Gods name wrong.

To the Jews, they knew there was a massive gap between sinful human beings and a Holy God.

Jesus invited His followers to call God, ABBA that in Aramaic means “Daddy.”

Three times in prayer Jesus used the word ABBA, Pater.  It was in prayer and in anguish at Gethsemane.

Mark 14:36 “ABBA, Father, everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me.  Yet not what I will, but what you will.”

God showed you gracious and fatherly love when he accepted you into His family.

Have you ever considered that you might be like the older son?

Do you find yourself getting mad at your spouse when they “have it better than you?”

This happens often in marriage for various reasons.

We forget to consider what the other one has gone through.

Human nature is to only consider your sacrifices and not to look at what your spouse goes through day in and day out.

Psa.103:13-14 

“As a father has compassion on his children,

so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;

for he knows how we are formed,

he remembers that we are dust.”

Ask God for His grace so you can reflect His character to your spouse.

Luke 12:32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.”

 Give your spouse that best robe and add some soft slippers to that?!?

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

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