Do you know how much burden your spouse is carrying? It’s easier to connect and grow together when hardships and stress are balanced between you and your spouse. Don’t let this tilt too much in either direction. Make an effort to check in and help where you can. If the heavier load is on your end, be mindful of how the imbalance is affecting your love and patience. Then work towards the middle and you will please God.
WHO IS YOUR NEIGHBOR?
“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
~ ROMANS 13:9
When Paul says we are to love our neighbors as ourselves, he means that we should have the same care and concern for others that we have for ourselves. Paul said the same thing in this way: “Let each of you look not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others” (Phil. 2:4). You should be just as concerned about the comfort, happiness, peace, and joy of others as you are about your own.
Whose face do you wash in the morning? Whose hair do you comb? Whose wardrobe do you buy? Whose comforts are you concerned about? You are concerned about your self-preservation and self-comfort and should be concerned about others in the same way. Pay as much attention to them as you do yourself. That’s loving your neighbor as yourself.
Who is your neighbor? Anyone who comes across your path. Although it is hard to love everyone, you have a new capacity within you to do that (Rom. 5:5).
God hears the cries of the helpless, poor, needy, and disenfranchised. He is the great rescuer! Let’s join in the work of the Lord and be those who rise up to help our neighbors in need. We need to ask God to give us eyes to see and ears to hear how we can step out of our comfort zones to show the love of Jesus to the very least of these.
In the secret places of the stairs
~ Song 2:14
The dove is in the cleft of the rock the riven side of our Lord. There is comfort and security there. It is also in the secret places of the stairs. It loves to build its nest in the high towers to which men mount the winding stairs for hundreds of feet above the ground. What a glorious vision is there obtained of the surrounding scenery. It is a picture of ascending life. To reach its highest altitudes we must find the secret places of the stairs. That is the only way to rise above the natural plane. Our life should be one of quiet mounting with occasional resting places; but we should be mounting higher step by step. Everybody does not find this way of secret ascent. It is for God’s chosen ones. The world may think you are going down. You may not have as much public work to do as formerly. Blessed are the poor in spirit. It is a secret, hidden life. We may be hardly aware that we are growing, till someday a test comes and we find we are established. Have you got above the power of sin so that Christ is keeping you from wilful disobedience? Does it give you a shudder to know the consciousness of sin? Are you lifted above the world?
This is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
~ 1 John 5:4
The world conquers me when it succeeds in hindering me from seeing, loving, holding communion with, and serving my Father, God. I conquer it when I lay my hand upon it and force it to help me to get nearer Him, to get more like Him, to think oftener of Him, to do His will more gladly and more constantly. The one victory over the world is to bend it to serve me in the highest things, the attainment of a clearer vision of the divine nature, the attainment of a deeper love to God Himself, and a more glad consecration and service to Him. That is the victory when you can make the world a ladder to lift you to God. When the world comes between you and God as an obscuring screen, it has conquered you. When the world comes between you and God as a transparent medium you have conquered it. To win victory is to get it beneath your feet and stand upon it, and reach up thereby to God.
~ Alex McLaren
Say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; Behold, your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you.”
~ Isa 35:4
“Behold, your God will come.” The Lord then has not yet come; but he says he will come, and the promise of his coming takes away the fear. He says, “Behold.” Even that little word contains something in it noteworthy. The Lord is in the distance; his chariot is making ready; for “he makes the clouds his chariot, and walks upon the wings of the wind.” As the Lord said to his disciples, “Lift up your heads, for your redemption draws near,” so by the word, “Behold,” the Lord would take the eyes of his people from being ever bent on the ground or ever looking at their own miserable hearts and the difficulties and dangers of the way. “Look up,” he would say, “look up; your God is coming to save you.”
I like to dwell on every crumb as it were of our text. The jots and tittles of God’s word, like diamond dust, are to be gathered up and treasured. In Scripture there is much in a little; not like our sermons, where there is often little in much. The word of God is full to overflowing with the very essence of concentrated truth. Look at the next crumb. Is it not the very quintessence of blessedness? “Your God.” What, is he your God? That is the very dropping of everlasting love. In that one word is concentrated the essence of every blessing of the new covenant. And if God is your God, your doubts, fears, and misgivings do not break that sacred covenant tie.
You are a husband, and your partner is afflicted with some mental disease; and the nature of the complaint may be such that she hardly recognizes your face, altogether doubts your affection, and does not believe you are her husband at all. Such cases we know are frequent. But do her doubts or denial dissolve your love, do they cancel the marriage tie? The state of her mind, however painful, does not alter the marriage relationship. So if the Lord’s espoused ones, through Satan’s temptations, doubt their union with him, do their fears break the wedding ring or cancel the marriage writings? If covenant love matched them in eternity, and covenant grace joined their hands in time, they are still his Hephzibahs and Beulahs, for “the Lord hates putting away.”
SHOWERS OF BLESSING
Exodus 19:5; Deuteronomy 8:10; Ezekiel 34:26; Ephesians 1:3
In Jesus’ Name, I Pray God’s Will for You.
I pray that God will open your eyes to the great things He is doing in your life. Praise Him, for He has blessed you in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. May you understand that it is from the fullness of His grace that you receive one blessing after another, for God considers you His treasured possession. Remember the Lord for the good things He has given you – especially when you have had your fill and are satisfied. I pray that you will be content in every circumstance. When you are filled, may you not forget to praise the Lord who sends down showers of blessing upon you.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.