Monday, 26 November 2012

The Happiest Day of Your Life

Deepak Reju
In his blog entitled “10 Ways that Satan Loves to Watch Marriages Fall Apart”, Deepak Reju makes the following statements:

Marriage can be extremely messy. As sinners we can do dumb things in marriage—we hurt one another; we make false assumptions and then miscommunicate; we manipulate or say mean things to our spouse; we think less about serving and more about being served. We don’t always follow God’s Word or advice from godly leaders. We put our hopes in the world or each other more than we put hope in God.
We don’t need Satan to ruin our marriage. We do plenty of unhelpful things on our own to ruin our marriages. I’m sure Satan enjoys having a front row seat, watching our folly and foolishness.

In addition to the destructive messages that we send to one another Satan uses our culture in devious and subtle ways to reinforce our negative feelings.  For example a comment during a TV program appeared to be an innocent enough when the speaker said “Her wedding day” referring to the bride, “should have been the happiest day of her life.”  Perhaps that explains why the average wedding costs over $30,000 but I digress.  IF the wedding day is the happiest day of a couple’s life together it would mean from that point on it is all downhill.  Certainly your wedding day should be one of the happiest days of your life with many more to follow. 
As I reviewed Deepak’s list of ten behaviors that adversely affect marriage there were no surprises.  Self-centeredness headed the list.  Unfulfilled expectations, a lack of intimacy and filling the void in our life with work, kids, social media, etc. head the list of ways Satan attacks marriages.
Unemployment line
1 Peter 5:8 says that Satan prowls around like a lion looking for someone to devour.  We in America have certainly made Satan’s job simple. At the pace we are going Satan will need to collect unemployment.
The happiest day of your life should be the day Jesus became your Lord and Savior.  Much of life is a series of choices.  Your happiness depends more on making choices that glorify God than making choices that satisfy your desires.  A husband who attempts to love his wife as much as he loves himself will have a most happy wife.   A wife who respects and reverences, notices, regards, honors, prefers, venerates, esteems, defers to,  praises, loves and admires him exceedingly will have a very happy husband. (Ephesians 5:33 Amplified Bible)

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