What a wonderful blessing and demonstration of God’s love to give us grace for each day. It is a reset button for us every single day.
Can you imagine what would happen in our marriages if we gave our spouses a reset button every day? If we blessed them with new grace every morning like our Heavenly Father does for us? Just think, every morning we wake up and thank the Lord for our spouse. We spend a moment in prayer for them and for the day. We remember the struggles, but we choose grace instead of anger, frustration, irritation. We choose, each morning, to work with our spouse, not against them. We remember they are different from us. They think differently than we do…and it is a good thing. We thank the Lord they are different and ask Jesus to help us to work together towards a stronger relationship with Christ and with each other.
How would this scenario change the way we interact with our spouse…our family…our Lord every day? This question speaks to my heart and reminds me of a quote given to DL Moody by a pastor friend of his, Henry Varley which says, “The world has yet to see what God will do with a man fully consecrated to him.” Oh, what would the world see if each of us consecrated ourselves to our Lord and to our marriage. Families would be changed, church bodies would be changed, the world would be changed.
Consecration is defined as the action of making or declaring something. It is usually referred to something sacred. Consecrating or declaring ourselves as the Lords and our spouses one and only in mind, in heart, in action.
It truly is a mindset adjustment to think this way, but guess what? Our Lord not only wants this to be our new mindset, but He also gives us so much in His word to help us understand how to make this a part of our regular way of thinking.
Colossians 3:12 – 17
“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
Let’s set our hearts today on consecrating ourselves to our Lord and our spouse. Let’s wake up each morning thankful for the grace given us new each day and in turn give grace to our spouse, our children, our co-workers…ourselves.