Showing Grace in Marriage
I Peter 3:1-7
. . . showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life. . .
Do you remember the day you walked down an aisle and said, “I do?” That day would change your life forever. Your friends and family shared in your day and witnessed the union of two hearts becoming one. You would leave your parents home and become his wife, a help meet. Your dream was to be a life long companion and one day, a mother. What joy and happiness filled your heart as your desire to be a loving and submissive wife unfolded.
What happened? How did life change so much? A marriage founded on unconditional love now has demands and expectations heaped upon it. There is scorekeeping at all costs and the fifty-fifty proposition is beginning to surface. Are there proposals transpiring such as, “I’ll do what you want, if you’ll do what I want?” Is this really a grace-centered marriage? A marriage filled with grace is one where you’re both apologizing to each other, seeking and granting forgiveness. Where both husband and wife give 100 percent of themselves and your apology does not feel like you’re betraying yourself. In reality, you are protecting your marriage and giving unquestioning grace and love to your spouse.
Ephesians 3:20 says, “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us.” Jesus said, “But the Helper, (Comforter) the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you” (John 14:26). When we attempt to show love and grace in the difficult times of our life it will cause us to reflect and then demonstrate what Christ has done for us. Remember, the Gospel is powerful and can change, transform and rebuild a marriage for the glory of God.
Lord, may grace abound in my marriage.