May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same mindset toward each other as Christ’s, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify God the Father. (Romans 15:5-6)
We are the physical presence of Christ for our sweetheart. When we offer ourselves to Jesus, we are the body he uses to reach out and comfort, to embrace with holy intimacy, to pray to the Father for our sweetheart and for our children, to speak words of faith, and to do good deeds.
It’s not always easy. Hardships, arguments, and challenges, especially when coming from our beloved, make us vulnerable to reacting without Christ. We behave as a human who’s still enslaved to sin rather than as a human who’s been redeemed and made righteous by Jesus.
This is when we need God to give us endurance and encouragement. If we stop and pray, asking for these two gifts and any other graces we need (“Oh God, give me patience!”) so that we can act more gracefully, then we take on the mind of Christ. Then we will handle the situation in a way that glorifies God.
And when we do this with our beloved — praying together and being humbly vulnerable to the presence of Jesus within our beloved — we are united to each other and to Christ.
- What situation is wearing me down so much that I need the supernatural strength of Jesus for endurance?
- What seems hopeless and needs encouragement?
Strengthen your relationship:
Share with each other how you answered the two questions above. Then pray for each for, asking for endurance and encouragement and whatever else you believe will help your beloved to hear. Next, be Jesus for each other by giving a word of encouragement based on what you know about God from scripture or experience.
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© 2017 by Terry Modica of Good News Ministries