Our relationship to God and our connections with others comes down to the fact that I must die to my self will and put on His Will. It is not just applying Scripture to my life, but applying my life to Scripture. When we do this, we are being the transformed Christian, impacting, loving, and encouraging.
- Jesus authority is ultimate (Ephesians 1:20-22; 1 Timothy 6:14-15; 1 Peter 3:22)!
- His authority is based on the fact that all things were made by Him, and for Him (Psalm 2:8; John 1:1-3; Hebrews 1:2, 6; Colossians 1:16).
- He is worthy to be worshiped (Hebrews 1:6; Revelation 1:5; 5:11-12; 7:9-10).
- He is our Redeemer, and we are purchased by His blood (Acts 20:28; Ephesians 1:7; 5:23; 1 Peter 1:18-19).
- He is the supreme, the head of the body of all Christians, of His Church (Colossians 1:18).
- Jesus sent His Spirit to guide us into the truth (John 16:12-13).
- We are called to teach others to observe all that He commanded (Matthew 28:20; John 13:20).
When we are doing the above then we will realize:
- I need to commit myself to Christ as LORD over all, and do this completely, with repentance, by faith and without doubt.
- I can take the One Another passages (see appendix or a concordance) seriously and reverently.
- I can reflect on God’s call and plan for me.
- I can reflect and proceed with God’s call for me in my relationships—past, present, and future.
- I can see my marriage as God’s plan and provision, and that it needs my continual work, effort, and love, and that this is God’s will—what He desires.
- I can submit myself to my spouse with respect and love him or her with honor unconditionally, humbly, honestly, and completely.
- I can commit to positive and active communication.
- I can admit my sin and failures.
- I can seek and ask forgiveness.
- My relationships will be edified, equipped, and empowered by what Christ has done for me and is working in me.
- I can renew my relationships through His empowering of me.
- I will be modeling and representing Christ, His character, and love in all that I do.
- My relationships will become healthier, and setbacks will be overcome.
Heal me, O LORD, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise. Jeremiah 17:14
The solution to a great marriage is the willingness to live life as one who has encountered Christ and play it forward as an encourager to our family!
If you want to be successful in your marriage, you need to “get it”–know and work on real love, cherishing and respecting. By this, we create the happy home that glorifies and serves God. Our desires and pleasures are not God’s priority for our lives; God is our priority, and we are to follow His lead into your marriages!
Yes, God wants us to be joyful, happy, and content; however, being happy means focusing on Him and not on our circumstances. To have a successful marriage, you must be aware of what you are getting into and prepare for it. The most important guarantee for it to work is to follow His principles from His Word, not what you think, want, or have experienced. Remember, God designed marriage and us. He knows best (Colossians3:18-19; Ephesians 5:21-27; James 4:7-8; 1 Peter5:5)!
How will this book help me if I am not a Christian? The tips and principles in this book are called ‘precepts’–timeless Truth. These precepts are in the Bible; the Bible is God’s Truth. The precepts are found in real research—scientific truth. The precepts are shown to be effective far beyond counseling—societal and cultural truth.
He who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends. Proverbs 17:9
Hebrews 3:12-13; 4:1-2; 5:11-6:3; James 1:22-25
The real authenticity of our Lord, will enable us to build a real authenticity of love and respect, that will in turn build a “Wondrous Marriage!”
God desires us to be transformed agents of His Work and Word!