Hope is a word that can breathe life into a situation you can’t see out of. Hope gives wings to a dream that is dying in front of my eyes. Can we hope all things in a Christian Marriage? But I’m not talking about a childish hope… There is a difference in the way a child hopes – hoping it will snow the night before a test they are dreading – and a grown-up hope. Let’s unpack that difference.
Grown Up Hope
In the New Testament, the word hope (el-pid’-zo) means to expect or have confided.
This kind of Hope is the kind that we have when we know God has promised. We know, we expect, we have confidence in His answer – even when we can’t see it yet.
Hope – is the backbone of Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
When we are applying that to Love we see amazing things bloom all around us.
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Welcome back to Marriage Monday
We are near the end of our study through 1 Corinthians 13:4-8.
Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails
Have you been able to work through each of the verbs in this text and taken the Marriage Challenge’s to apply them to your Wifehood? They are a challenge for us within our Christian Marriage – but they are doable!
Who Said Love is Patient and Kind?
For our study, we are looking at 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
“Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act disrespectfully or unbecomingly; it does not seek it’s own, is not provoked to anger, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness but rejoices with the truth;bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, enduring all things. Love never fails.”
What does it look like for Love to Hope All Things in a Christian Marriage?
With our new understanding of Grown-up Hope in place, we can give this phrase legs to move in our Christian Marriage!
Love has full confidence in someone with a hopeful attitude.
This is a piece of that Bigger Story of Love, that Kingdom Perspective of Love – shows God’s way of loving to the world around us.
When I look at the way God loves it just doesn’t make sense… God always holds out hope for those who will believe in Him and turn away from their sin.
This is clearly demonstrated in the fact that He has not come back yet, but is waiting until that last soul has turned to Him (2 Peter 3:8-9).
When we hold out hope in our husbands, we are placing them fervently before God to change and grow -in His way and in His time.
God can change my husband – and so Love can Hope All Things in Marriage!
On the days it’s hardest to hold onto those truths I reread 1 Corinthians 13 to remind myself God is able. He was able then and He is able and willing today! Do you believe that? The same Jesus – who raised others from the dead – is able to work miracles in your life and marriage!
Are you struggling to hope all things in your Marriage?
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Who is this Marriage Course for?
- Are you a wife worried that your Christian Marriage is not going to survive?
- Do you feel hopeless, joyless or miserable in your Marriage?
- Are you a wife – unsure what your role is in your Christian Marriage?
- Do you struggle to connect as a couple anymore?
- Do you feel trapped?
- Have you tried everything and nothing has helped our Marriage?
- Has your Chritsian Marriage been in a difficult season so long you now think of it as a Difficult Marriage?
- Are you thinking or talking about divorce?
Whatever season of Christian Marriage I find myself in, it seems easy to forget that God’s way and the Culture’s way are different. We need a Radical Change to make lasting change sin our marraige!
Are you Ready for Radical Change in your Marriage?
That was me – just a few years ago. Stuck, Hopeless and Miserable with no idea how to change the course of our Christian Marriage. I had read every book I could find, went to retreats, counselling… and still, our Marriage was failing.
- We hit rock bottom.
- I got very real with God about my part in the Marriage.
- I found a Mentor I could trust.
- We worked through every issue in our marriage with an open Bible!
I found another way to do Marriage – a Radical Way – that changed our direction from divorce-bound to Hope and Joy filled.
You can have Hope and Joy in your Marriage too!
God has a way to do Marriage that brings Hope and Joy!!!!!!!!
In this 9 week Course, we will dig into the Bible and find a way to rebuild our Marriage to last a lifetime!