Day 13-Obtain Your Blessing
I Peter 3:8-9: Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil, or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.
Text:I Peter 4:8-11, Acts 20:33-35
For you both: So yesterday we mentioned serving our spouse. Today, we want to continue that discussion. In I Peter 4:10 it says, “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” Each of us has gifts. Each has different gifts. We use these gifts to serve others at work, at church, and in many other aspects in our lives. Yet we tend to lose sight of using these gifts to serve our spouse. Do you remember when you first started dating each other? Think back to that time. Normally when a couple first begins dating they are in the “impress them” stage. In this time we preform at our best and serve the other person by doing activities they like, going to places they like to eat or even cooking them their favorite meal. Remember how giving without expecting anything in return made you feel? The way they responded to us was a gift and a blessing. It was so easy to give our very best at this time in the relationship. Why is that? Why can’t we seem to get that to continue? Although it feels good to give to our spouse and to bless them, when there isn’t a steady balance of giving and receiving we can get burned out. We don’t have to lose that joy we used to get in our dating relationship though. We can create a healthy balance in our marriages. But this takes work! And this is where we challenge you to go back to that dating time in your relationship and compare that to now. Can you try to bring back that service and bless your spouse with your service? In Acts 20:35 we are reminded, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” So, give to your spouse. Give without expectation of return and you will see a change in your marriage that can only come from selflessly loving your spouse. Remember that our blessing, whether or not it is returned by our spouse, has already been given to us by God. Ephesians 1:3, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.”