God’s plan for renovating a house into a home calls for some specific behaviours and attitudes, which serve as bricks or building blocks for the relationship. Some of these bricks are contributed by the wife and some by the husband. Regrettably, both sets of bricks can be substituted with cheap imitations. These may seem to be adequate and acceptable at first, but over the long haul, they cause great damage.
Growing Christians pursue knowledge of the Lord and His Word. Learning includes an awareness of the doctrines as well as the practical side of putting such knowledge into action.
Marriage, as God intended it, is a mutual thing. It goes both ways—God never asks more of one than the other, though He asks the maximum of everyone.
Knowledge of God’s Word is helpful because it gives our faith substance, stabilizes us when we’re tested, enables us to handle Scripture accurately, equips us to detect error, gives us confidence, and erases our fears.
In order for a marriage to be successful, both partners must submit to the roles God ordained for them. Submission is a simple plan, but it demands patience and it requires the Holy Spirit.
If you’ve ever been in that muddy hole called the Slough of Despond, you can relate to Christian in The Pilgrim’s Progress. Despondency, or the pits, is really pessimism. It’s a gloomy, negative attitude, which often comes when we rely on ourselves instead of God. Whenever negative thoughts come knocking, don’t open the door. Instead, turn your thoughts to God.
When we love and serve one another people take notice. Genuine kindness doesn’t fit the pattern and people have different reactions. Some push you away, but some are drawn closer to the Lord as a result.
Sometimes when things don’t go our way we get upset. Changing our perspective on the situation may be all we need to calm down.
There are some trials in life you just can’t find reasons for. They hit you hard and you’re left wondering. But it’s often during these times of testing that God deposits some of His best lessons into your life.
The whole idea of Christmas revolves around the idea of a gift, appropriately enough. Giving and receiving gifts at Christmas is often a touching and sometimes surprising experience.