It's Not About You - Tuesday, June 10th 2014
"I opened for my beloved,
But my beloved had turned away and was gone.
My heart leaped up when he spoke.
I sought him, but I could not find him;
I called him, but he gave me no answer."
In Song of Solomon 5, we watch as a newlywed couple has their first conflict. It's nothing major, but it is enough to disrupt their happy household. It's a reminder that conflict is part of life, especially in marriage. When we understand this basic truth, we can take steps to love each other through those moments of tension.
One of the greatest ways to deal with conflict in a marriage or any relationship is to remember...
Philippians 2:4 says, "Don't look out for your own interests, but take an interest in others too." NLT
God has called us to be selfless people who look for opportunities to serve each other, rather than demand to be served. In short, one of the greatest things you could do for you marriage is to stop thinking it's all about you. Rather than demand fulfillment through your marriage, look for ways to fulfill the life of your spouse. After all, Christ gave us everything through His loving sacrifice. If that is the example, then we should be husbands and wives of loving sacrifice.
Life Lesson: Marriage is not about self-fulfillment, it's about service.
Thank You for the relationships I have with others. God, empty me of myself and fill me with Your Spirit so that I will be willing to serve those around me. Open my eyes for opportunities to love and care for my family, my friends and even strangers who may need your love today. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Living to tell what He died to say,
Pastor David McGee
Cross the Bridge
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