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Shortcomings in Marriage

     Shortcomings…. we all have them!  Not one single person who walks this earth has been perfected.  But, the Lord, “who began a good work in us, will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6 NIV).

     One thing I have always appreciated about the Lord’s matchmaking in marriages is the way the two complement one another.  His strengths are her weaknesses and vice versa.  Do you see that at work in your relationship?  I really believe God purposed it to be that way!  I have often said that if Jon had my personality and my quirks, I wouldn’t be able to stand being married to him!  No, I need him to be the man he is with the strengths he possesses.

     But what are we to do about the weaknesses we see in our spouse?  Do we count them as flaws?  Do we even keep a record of his shortcomings?

     That’s exactly what we should do.  Write a list of all of those flaws…. and THROW IT AWAY!  My friend, Debbie Noble, told a group of us wives to do this symbolic act of obedience to God’s Word concerning love and its refusal to keep a record of wrongs.  Throw away that list with understanding that we are all God’s masterpieces, but we are still in the construction phase!

     Let’s have a shift in our perspective of our better half!  Let’s champion the glory of God upon him and reward him for all of his strengths.  Choose to focus on all the good qualities of your spouse and look for opportunities today to say, “I see Jesus in you!”

Copyright © 2008-2015 Renee Beamer

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