“So we praise God for the glorious grace He has poured out on us who belong to His dear Son. He is so rich in kindness and grace that He purchased our freedom with the blood of His Son and forgave our sins. He has showered His kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.” Ephesians 1:6-8
Where would we be without grace?
I love this passage.
The kindness of God has given me a second chance at life, but not just a second chance, a new way to live. This new way of living is something I grow in and grasp continually as I grow in this wisdom and understanding that He has given.
There is instruction for every season in the Word of God. There is guidance and grace through the difficult moments. There is praise and rejoicing to celebrate the highs and prayers for the lows. Just as He promised, Jesus has not forsaken us. He is near us and the more we draw close the nearer He is (James 4:8).
I’ve been thinking about the truth that walking with God does not mean we will not go through difficult things. No, on the contrary, Scripture guarantees that we will suffer many things to enter the kingdom (Acts 14:22). Walking with God is not about avoiding difficult things, it’s about having Him with you as you go through difficult things with the guarantee that you will indeed get through.
I have some friends right now who are going through very hard things in their marriage. Some of them have marriages that were not built on the foundation of Christ, but here’s the thing, I go through very difficult things in my own marriage. Being a believer does not exempt my marriage from trial. What it does mean is that I have a Source and resources to help me endure and overcome.
This week I want to look at some practical instruction that the Word has for the wife going through a challenging time.
“And now let me speak to the wives. Be devoted to your own husbands, so that even if some of them do not obey the Word of God, your kind conduct may win them over without you saying a thing. For when they observe your pure, godly life before God, it will impact them deeply.” 1 Peter 3:1-2
Enduring a husband refusing to obey the Word of God is a very difficult circumstance. Hence my emphasis that the Word is written for us to walk through all situations and does not leave out challenging circumstances. In this case there is practical instruction. Be the difference. Wow! Live a pure and godly life before God. Be kind. Similar to Matthew 5:16,
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16
You’re not alone regardless of what your journey looks like right now. You are not crippled by darkness, you have light. Walk in the light. Search for God’s instructions for your moment. and then trust Him and obey. Trust Him and obey.
That is all.
~Grace and peace