Problems in marriage (or in any relationship) are best viewed from God’s perspective, not our own. Things are never as bad as they seem.
Living in the middle of a problem rivets our attention on the small stuff: the anger of the moment, the unpleasant facial expression or tone of voice, the sin that’s hurting us, and the worst possible ramifications.
These don’t seem small at all unless we unite ourselves to Jesus so he can lift us up above the problem. We can ask him: “What does this look like to You?”
He will answer: “Let me show you. Come, let Me lift you up. You can rise above this. Come and see it from My perspective.”
Close your eyes (after reading this paragraph) to shut out what is directly in front you so that Jesus can give you, in your imagination, a very real experience of his perspective. He is carrying you to his heavenly throne, higher and higher above your little world, and higher, above your town, above your country, above the earth. As you ascend with him, the battlefield of your problems disappear from view — because God and his power and his love and his desire to help you is far more vast than everything else in the universe.
When we take that perspective into every conflict with our beloved, the situation begins to improve.
- What heavenly perspective about a problem can I give to my beloved?
- What goodness in my beloved is evidence that Jesus is here with us?
Strengthen your relationship:
Pray together, asking the Holy Spirit to anoint your imagination. Then use the visualization, described above, imagining that you are ascending to God’s throne. Describe to each other what you see.
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© 2017 by Terry Modica of Good News Ministries