Today, we gather to talk about one of the most important relationships that we have in our lives, which is the relationship with our spouse. As we know, the Bible tells us that marriage is a sacred covenant between a man and a woman, and it should be treated with the utmost love and respect.
However, we also know that we are human beings and we are not perfect. Sometimes, we fail to love our spouse as we should. We may argue, we may get angry, and we may hurt each other with our words and actions. And when that happens, it can lead us to feel distant from both our spouse and the Lord.
But the good news is that we can be restored to fellowship with the Lord and our spouse. The Bible tells us that in Psalm 145:14, "The Lord upholds all who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down." Proverbs 24:16 also reminds us that "though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again."
So, how do we restore ourselves to the Lord and to our spouse? First and foremost, we must confess our sins to Him. Psalm 51:1-4 says, "Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions and my sin is always before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight."
And as 1 John 1:9 reminds us, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness."
But it's not just about confessing our sins. We must also return to our initial commitment to live for Him. As John 14:15 tells us, "If you love me, keep my commands." And 1 John 5:3 says, "In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome."
In Revelation 2:4-5, we are also reminded to "Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first."
In other words, we must remember from where we have fallen, repent of our sins, and do again the deeds we did at first, which showed our love for the Lord.
Brothers and sisters, remember that our relationship with our spouse reflects our relationship with the Lord. When we fail to love our spouse as we should, it can lead us to feel distant from both our spouse and the Lord. But with confession, repentance, and a return to our initial commitment to live for Him, we can be restored to fellowship with both of them.
Let us always strive to love our spouses as the Lord has commanded us to and to always put Him first in our lives. Thank you for listening, and may God bless you all.