GRACE WINS! TRUTH WINS! LOVE WINS! _PART 3

EFFECTS OF GRACE IN MARRIAGE

When I ponder on the story of the Samaritan woman and her encounter with the Lord, I can’t help think about myself.

I am that Samaritan woman. I struggled with guilt of my past failures, I struggled with acceptance. I sometimes shielded myself off people to avoid disappointments. I am her in innumerable ways than I can count.

Just like the Samaritan woman, receiving the gift of grace is implausible. After all, we talk ourselves into negative monologues, “Am not worthy enough, pretty enough, good enough, saved enough, spirit filled enough”, and it’s easy to rate ourselves completely off based on what others say about us.

See, grace is aggressive, impossible In actually sense it’s uncontained.

This Samaritan woman couldn’t believe that a Jew is talking to her! A Jewish man to top it off.
“Exactly what could he be giving me, that’s worthy to be received by this dust filled, smelly, drenched in sweat me?” Grace!

It’s impossible to receive the Grace of God and remain the same again. Look at the Samaritan woman, she went ahead shouting on top of her lungs about the One who loved her at the well.

Grace has got everything to do with the beloved.
Grace is not short lived.
Grace is back breaking, as it is jaw dropping.
Grace is organic.

Grace is what we ought to receive in marriage and in turn extend it to our spouses.

You will know that you have received the GRACE of the Lord in your marriage, when you realize that while you were yet a sinner, you were loved, and in turn, you should love your spouse, with their flaws and crevices.

You will know that you have received GRACE in your marriage when you realize that God is patient with you, slow to anger, that all [inclusive of you], will repent.
You will in turn be unflustered with a sock lying on the floor, the dirty t-shirt that wasn’t cleaned on time, the food that burnt or was over salted.

You will grow in patience towards your spouse, slow to anger or in ranting out.

You will know that you have received GRACE in your marriage when you realize that His aggressive forgiveness pursued you to the cross and yanked you from the shackles of hades. That same aggressiveness in forgiveness, will be extended to your spouse too.

You will be gracious enough to initiate reconciliation. You will lay down your will than contend your way.

You will be willing to objective rather than be subjective to your emotions.

Like an eagle that rouses her chicks and hovers over her young, you will be kind and tenderheart to your spouse. As a husband, you will not be embittered to your wife or children.

As a wife, your mouth will be filled with a godly counsel, not in bickering but articulated in wisdom.

You will not demean your husband, nor label him a failure for his weaknesses and frailties.

You will shepherd your children’s hearts with lots of love and grace, knowing that they are work in process too as you are. You will correct them in love and kindness and in full humility of what God is daily perfecting in their lives.

This is what Grace does in marriage.

It rids you off from self-sufficiency and independence. It burns down the altar of pride.
It illuminates the real thirst in us, the thirst for Christ’s glory in us.

The reviving and regenerating effects of the Holy Spirit are likewise felt in the marriage, and it thrives for His glory. Christ’s glory!

#marriageworks

#Godspeed

We are John and Mary Munene and we love the Lord! Christ is our all in all! All we are is by God’s grace. Apart from having our individual careers, we are ardent bloggers, authors and misters of God's word. We have been blessed with two amazing children. A beautiful daughter and a handsome son. We love adventure, anything with lots of adrenaline is always a ‘go-thing’ for us! A cup of coffee next to a fireplace and a good book always does good to our souls! Hope you enjoy this blog!

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