Friday, 24 January 2014

Psalm 139 verse 14

I will offer You my grateful heart, for I am Your unique creation, filled with wonder and awe.
    You have approached even the smallest details with excellence; Your works are wonderful;
I carry this knowledge deep within my soul
.  Psalm 139:14  The Voice

This Psalm was written by King David, a man after God’s own heart.  David had many remarkable qualities.  He trusted the Lord implicitly.  He was brave.  He was “usually” honorable, he was a good king who cared about his people, and he loved the Lord.  But we also know that David had some character flaws.  He may not have been the best father and he was an adulterer and a murderer.

 We are not unlike David in that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (NIV) as is your husband /wife.  We are the unique design of the Creator of the Universe, the one who provides our next breath, and controls all the galaxies and constellations.  He, of all people, is acutely aware of our strengths and our flaws.  In spite of our times of disobedience and unfaithfulness He remains committed to us.  He loves you dearly and He loves your spouse.

The point of this posting is to suggest that you take the time to list all the marvelous attributes that would describe your husband / wife.  And then thank the Lord for how He has made your partner.  Then if it won’t be too shocking to your mate, affirm him/her by sharing one of the items on the list, at least once a week.

Even if you have a marriage that puts a smile on God’s face, we tend to take one another for granted.  Do you see evidence that the fruit of the Spirit (faithfulness, goodness, gentleness, joy, kindness, love, peace, patience and self-control) is more a part of your loved ones demeanor?  First Corinthians 13 provides some admirable qualities such as not proud, not rude, not easily angered, not self-seeking, keeps no record of wrongs, etc. from which to choose.

Perhaps your spouse is gifted musically, or they are creative, they are a good provider, they are an excellent home maker, and/or loving parent, etc.

You may find an interesting phenomena, the more affirming you are the more affirming they are apt to become.  The more affirming you both are the more joy you will experience.  Celebrate the marvelous creation that is your husband/wife.

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