They began again with new hope in their heart.
Desiring all God has for them in marriage.
Blessings and joy, tender companionship, special moments shared, laughter long into the night, calm and still and made for lovers.
Willing their hearts fearful to open more fully to receive. And roots of their love digging down deeper.
Them becoming transparent and no longer trembling. Real.
Brave enough to share and hear the truth knowing it sets them free.
Changing their thinking, him and her, and choosing to always ascribe the best possible motives to the other. And just saying no to all the negativity, doubts, and dreary lies of an enemy always laying traps.
Trusting they are loved by God, knowing they belong to Him and each other, they chose to trust God as beloved children wanted.
God loving them perfectly. God capable of cultivating Christ-like behavior in each of them. Him meeting every pressing care and unspoken need.
He will never let them down.
So they let each other off the hook.
Forgiving and forgetting the unloving words and actions. Asking God to rid their thoughts of all that was not excellent.
Relying more on grace truly amazing. Grace that sweeps in bright like morning sunshine streaming in cloudless skies after a thundering rainstorm all night.
And slipping into each other’s moccasins they weave compassion and empathy for their differences many as they travel the miles together.
Filling moment by moment and hearts overflowing and the Holy Spirit guiding. With new fire in their souls, love aflame in their hearts.
Deciding to act like they really believe that what they do and say to each other they do and say to Jesus.
For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’ Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’
Matthew 25: 34-40
And spouses should be the furthest from the least of them for they are each other’s one flesh self.
For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church.
United they picked up each other’s wounded heart and tucked it safely inside their own. Protected.
And praised God. And praise Him continually. God inhabits the praises of His people.
A marriage inhabited by Christ shows the world love at its truest and highest.
They threw away the orphan blackboards of their hearts upon which they had written every stinking sin and failure in themselves, the other and their marriage.
There is therefore now no condemnation. Forgive as you have been forgiven.
And they installed instead a clean white board covered with five letters red.
J E S U S
And after many wrong choices they chose obedience over feelings when feelings ran amuck.
Rising above by remembering words of truth tucked deep and pressed down strong. Words proved true in all the trying and testing of circumstances dire.
And they celebrated. For marriage is worth celebrating!
God raining down blessings and reigning over all.
Faithful and good, Him disciplining in love ever patient and kind for their best and His highest good.
Healing them through the hurts and the hard. Rewarding obedience in ways they never imagined would come true.
Nevertheless He looked upon their distress
When He heard their cry;
And He remembered His covenant for their sake,
And relented according to the greatness of His lovingkindness.
He also made them objects of compassion.
And faith swallowed their captors crippling and them striding forward, strongly tethered, fearless and free.
Finding freedom on the other side of fear. Giants toppled. Milk and honey flowing into their marriage growing.
Determinedly pursuing first things first, diving into God’s Word and sin drowning, gulping grace and the Spirit supplying power to change.
Unsettled now at rest.
And all is grace…
READ the entire Orphan Spirit series by clicking below.
Part One — Are you out of control in your marriage because you feel like an orphan?
Part Two — You’re not an orphan even if you felt like one in childhood. God loves you.
Part Three — Overcoming an orphan spirit improves your marriage with 13 healing scriptures
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