Imperfection to Perfection

Have you ever noticed that we live in an imperfect world with imperfect people, circumstances, provision and relationships?

Jesus realized our frustration and gave us a solution. At salvation, He moves into our spirit. In Him we have peace, regardless of the trouble we encounter each day of our life (John 16:33).

Solomon even stated that we are tested by the praise, which we receive (Proverbs 27:21). Praise causes us to trust in our self, rather than in Christ; so turn human praise into praise for God instead.

Our human abilities are simply gifts from God, given to us to accomplish His will for our life (1 Corinthians 4:7). Pride distracts us from walking in God’s Spirit.

Life’s imperfections are distractions. They keep us in turmoil and steal our peace and joy. Yet, divine power and perfection from Christ in us enable us to do all things, which Christ calls us to do (Philippians 4:13).

Motivated by love for God, we confess our shortcomings and find compassion from God (John 14:15; Proverbs 28:13). We join those in the Hall of Faith as we obey God’s Spirit and His Word (Hebrews 11).

When that which is perfect comes, we are freed from this imperfect world (1 Corinthians 13:10). We press on for the prize of the high calling from Christ by depending on God’s Spirit who dwells within us (Philippians 3:12).

Prayer:
Father God, through our risen King Jesus, we have eternal hope in Your perfect promises. This gives us peace and assurance of ultimate victory over every trial (Romans 8:28). When we reap the benefits of living in service to You, our faith grows and we learn to trust You with our whole heart.

As we live a Godly example in this world for others to follow, they will see their need for repentance and faith in You as well. Remind us that every stranger is a potential friend and a potential member of Your family for eternity.

Thought for the Day:
We are encouraged in this imperfect world by the perfect promises of God concerning our eternal home in glory. – 2 Corinthians 4:17

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Loving Our Spouse

The joining of two human beings as one is a very difficult prospect (Mark 10:8). The high divorce rate proves that this is often impossible to do. There are basic human needs in each person, some of which were never satisfied in childhood. We carry these needs with us our whole life, trying to find fulfillment for them, even in marriage. ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maslow%27s_hierarchy_of_needs )

When two people marry, they take these needs into this new relationship. If they are incompatible needs or if one person insists on their own needs being met instead of their partner’s, there will be conflict in the marriage. However, if the couple is willing to humble themselves and to prefer one another on a daily basis, a happy marriage is possible (Romans 12:10).

Ask your spouse what he/she needs to feel loved. They may not even realize their basic needs, but there is Christian help at the bookstore, counselor’s office and online. Words are either power tools of encouragement or lethal weapons of destruction (Proverbs 18:21). It turns out that many people need verbal validation from their spouse to feel loved (1 Thessalonians 5:11).

Others need help with daily chores, which often overwhelm them (Galatians 6:2). Receiving a little love note or a simple gift during each day will help many other spouses to feel loved (1 Thessalonians 2:7-12). Having a meaningful, undistracted conversation, often accompanied by snuggle time, will do wonders for some other relationships (Hebrews 10:24).

The easiest tool to use to ensure peace and harmony in a relationship is to never insist on one’s own way. Often, one person will have a need or idea they want to fulfill, but their spouse has a different idea of how to respond to this issue. Neither of you can agree with the other person’s assessment, so there is an impasse or a violent argument.

As the popular song recommends, “The road is shorter when we meet in the middle.” Rather than focusing on your own needs to the exclusion of your mate’s needs, look at the issue from a third perspective. Brainstorm together about the problem or need until you find a solution that is agreeable to both of you. Rather than your Plan A, or your spouse’s Plan B, agree on a Plan C that you both feel good about.
Prayer:
Father God, remind us that You joined us as man and woman for the purpose of serving You together with our lives. Help us to prefer one another and to share with each other what you are teaching us every day. In an impasse, remind us that You have a perfect will for this issue or activity in our life. Rather than insisting on our own way, we need to seek You together in order to find Your solution for the problem. We love You and lift You up as Lord and Savior of our life and our marriage.

Thought for the Day:
Today, there are some great resources to help us to maintain an equitable and successful marriage, starting with The Five Love Languages ( http://www.5lovelanguages.com/profile/ ).