Grace Moments Devotions - September 4, 2019

September 4
Choose to be patient
Pastor Mark Jeske

One of the reasons marriages fall apart is seeing too much of one’s spouse. Seriously! When you’re dating, you see the other person only for limited time spans. Then you go home. You only see each other when you are at your best. When you’re married, you see each other all the time, and you soon figure out that your spouse has a long way to go in certain departments. Well, what do you do when those hard realizations dawn on you?

First conclusion: humility. Realize that you’re not always a prize to be with. Second, your spouse is a work in progress. Cut him or her some slack. You are God’s agent to help your spouse grow and develop. “Love is patient,” said St. Paul (1 Corinthians 13:4). It sure is. The question is, are you patient?

Patience means that you take the time to explain your point of view to your spouse. Patience means that you take God’s view of time and play the long game. Think how long God has been working on you. You probably don’t see eye to eye with your spouse on money management, rate of saving, time management, defining what is “clean enough” and what is “tidy enough.”

Take the time to explain patiently what you want and expect. As you wish to be heard, so open your heart to let your spouse straighten you out on a few things—your spouse just may be God’s change agent in your life!

Don’t wait till you feel it. Go first.

Feel at peace no matter what storms come your way

When you’re rooted in God’s Word and in Jesus, you’re blessed no matter what comes your way because the Bible tells you that Jesus is the Lord of all. That he loves you so much that he died to save you. That he is the only way to heaven. The book Rooted: Your Sure Hope in the Storms of Life shows you what it’s like to live a life that’s rooted in Jesus.

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