The “Great” Letter

Colossians 1:10
So that you may walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.

One privilege of my ministry is to receive letters from people whose lives have been transformed by the love and grace of Jesus Christ. One of my favorites came from a wife and mother in Maryland, who wrote to tell of the discovery she made one day while listening to our radio program, “FamilyLife Today,” while driving to work:

I’ve been married to a terrific man for almost eight years and have two wonderful boys, five and one. But until last year, when I began to listen to your program regularly on my 30-mile commute to work, I never realized I had been short-changing my family and myself by not turning my marriage over to the Lord.

Yes, I viewed myself as a Christian woman with decent moral standards, but I just wasn’t allowing the Spirit of Jesus to work. I thought I needed to transform things all by myself. Disappointed with my drifting relationship, I became controlling, critical, and even resentful at times. I began to let down my “hedges” at work, and to become dangerously close to sacrificing everything I hold dear.

When I tuned in to your “Building Your Mate’s Self-Esteem” series, I couldn’t believe it. Here was my life, coming over the radio. As I listened, I wept, realizing how I was tearing down my wonderful man, and subsequently robbing our family life of real happiness. I resolved to turn my marriage and family life over to the Holy Spirit, and to look for ways to encourage and lift up my husband.

I have never been happier or more satisfied in my life. My marriage has been transformed and is happy, fun, and alive. I see my husband with new eyes and a renewed heart. My children must feel the strength and stability as they see their parents touch and support each other in daily life.

Like wheel alignments on a car, all of us are in need of correcting attitudes that are out of alignment with God’s Word. Is there any area of your marriage that you need to turn over to God?

Prayer:
For one another that you would increase in the knowledge of God, and that you would “walk in a manner worthy of the Lord.”

Discuss:
If appropriate, discuss a time in your marriage where you dropped your guard, even for a short time. What characterized your marriage? Your spiritual life? Share what you can do today to keep your hedges of protection strong.

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