“All of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous”. (1 Peter 3:8)
The past two devotionals discussed the 4 laws of sowing and reaping. Today we look at sowing seeds of love in our marriage gardens. Remember that a good father is a good husband and a good mother is a good wife.
The following are direct quotes from Stormie Omartian’s book “The Power of a Praying Husband.”
Your marriage is like a garden. The soil is enriched and prepared through prayer. Then you have to plant the right kind of seeds—the good seeds of love, fidelity, respect, time, and communication.
Seeds of love are some of the easiest seeds to plant, and their growth is so rapid that you can sometimes see results instantaneously. If seeds of love are planted by our marriage partner, then hope, peace, and happiness will grow in us. These things will give us courage to face our fears, failures, and inabilities. They will give us strength to stand up and resist the things that oppose us.
Of course, you do have to pull out anything growing in the garden that shouldn’t be there. Weeding is not the fun part of gardening, but it is one of those necessary chores that must be done. If weeds of hurt, strife, misunderstanding, criticism, selfishness, and anger are allowed to flourish in the marriage garden without being uprooted, they will choke out anything good that is planted.
If you and your wife do not produce enough love to allow each of you to grow into all God created you to be, then your relationship needs to be examined for selfishness, fear, pride, control, or whatever other weed of the flesh is stifling it. If you have serious problems in your marriage, know that God can work miracles when you pray. He can change hearts and perspectives in an instant. He can uproot seeds of sin, resurrect love where it has died, and make it not only grow again, but flourish.
Are you sowing seeds of love in your most important relationships?
Lord, I pray that You would establish in me and my wife bonds of love that cannot be broken. Show me how to love my wife in an ever-deepening way that she can clearly perceive. May we have mutual respect and admiration for each other so that we become and remain one another’s greatest friend, champion, and unwavering support. Where love has been diminished, lost, destroyed, or buried under hurt and disappointment, put it back in our hearts. Give us strength to hold on to the good in our marriage, even in those times when one of us doesn’t feel love.
Enable my wife and me to forgive each other quickly and completely. Help us to “be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving,” the way You are to us (Ephesians 4:32). In Yeshua’s name, I pray. Amen.
Blessings of the Day
The Power of a Praying Husband – by Stormie Omartian
Marriage Garden – Grow
Marriage Garden – Nurture
Blessings to sow seeds of love!
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