How great is grace! The fact that God sent His only son to suffer and die, so that we could spend eternity with Him. That despite all of our failures and the heartbreak we cause Him, He chooses to see us through the veil of Christ. He sees us as holy as He is holy! It makes me well up with joy! It makes me want to live better in response to that grace!
Now imagine, just for a minute, how our lives would be different if we showed that same grace to our spouses. Wow! What would happen if instead of complaining to your husband what he doesn’t do to your liking, you praised him for what he does right? What if instead of being frustrated with your wife for her tone of voice, you spoke to her with love?
I’m not saying to overlook your spouse’s sin. We are to be iron that sharpens iron (Proverbs 27:17) and help our spouses live up to the potential that God has given them. But what if we could choose to let those little things go and respond in such a way that God would respond to us?
Ephesians 2: 1-10 says this:
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body[a] and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.[b] 4 But[c] God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
We, in all of creation, were made in the image of God to do the good works He has already prepared for us to do. We, in all of creation, have the ability to show mercy. What if we started by mirroring the mercy of Christ in our marriage? Could we bring the dead things to life?
Grace and Peace,