Proverbs 4:23 "Above all else, guard your heart, for it affects everything you do."
This verse can be applied to so many different areas, but it hit home specifically with me in the area of not keeping record of when I've been wronged (or just perceive that I've been wronged) by my husband.
After marriage, it's easy to start viewing my husband through his faults rather than his strengths. When I do that, it puts a bad spin on my marriage. If I'm not careful, I find myself feeling irritable wondering why he just can't do better or be more like "so and so".
Sin always needs to be dealt with, but my challenge today is more about showing grace in the midst of everyday life. If you are in an abusive relationship, I strongly urge you to find a pastor's wife or counselor that you can talk to.
As a wife, I want to choose to let go of those things that are annoying me and extend grace. I want to offer love and not a record book of wrongs when areas of sin have been confessed and dealt with.
If I do not guard my heart in these matters, before I know it, they will be a chain around my husband's neck weighing him down. But the truth of the matter is, whatever affects him, affects me.
Will you join me in helping to focus on our husband's strengths and not his weaknesses? This is hard, friends! Really hard sometimes. But with prayer, time in God's Word and encouragement from others, I know we will make progress. We won't ever be perfect in this area, but progress takes us in the right direction.
Today's step towards a stronger marriage is this: Guard My Heart by Focusing on My Husband's Strengths
Join me tomorrow as we study Proverbs chapter 5. Just getting started on the series? Catch up with all the posts on my landing page between now and October 31.
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