It was such a small point — almost a throwaway line, but it hit with such force in the middle of my sermon that a woman in the church made plaques using it, and those plaques now grace many homes in the Houston area: God is in the room.

Most believers know that God is in every room we walk into. But we forget, and then we act as if He’s not. God is relegated to a belief, a memory, a “system of principles,” not a real presence.

If you want to transform your marriage, consider how you can make God’s presence the center of your home.

It was such a small point — almost a throwaway line, but it hit with such force in the middle of my sermon that a woman in the church made plaques using it, and those plaques now grace many homes in the Houston area: God is in the room.

Most believers know that God is in every room we walk into. But we forget, and then we act as if He’s not. God is relegated to a belief, a memory, a “system of principles,” not a real presence.

If you want to transform your marriage, consider how you can make God’s presence the center of your home.

Loving with God’s help

By putting God at the center of my marriage, I am able to enlist His help to love. Johann Sebastian Bach famously wrote the letters “JJ” at the top of the page when he was beginning a new musical composition. The letters stood for a Latin phrase Jesus Juva, which essentially means, “Jesus, help me.” God doesn’t give me an impossible list of things to do as a husband and then say, “Go do it.” On the contrary, He says, “Let Me love your wife through you.” He’s here to help.

Seeing God more clearly

In applying myself to love my wife as God’s daughter, God makes himself more real to me every day. He answers my prayers. He gives me His strength. He offers His perspective. He gives me hope, conviction, encouragement and counsel. The more I invite God into my life and marriage, the more real He becomes to me. He was there all along, of course, but now my eyes are open to Him wider than ever before. I see Him more clearly.

This may be especially true if you’re in a difficult season of marriage. When things are easy, you may not feel the need for God so strongly. But when you know you just don’t have what it takes, God is far more than a distant friend; He becomes your only hope. And with a God like ours, leaning on Him as your only hope is a very safe and certain thing to do.

When you put God’s Word at the center of your marriage, the Scriptures will find a way into your heart, not just your mind, so you can be convicted by God’s Holy Spirit. When your spouse does the same, he or she will regularly go to God to receive His strength to love you even more and will open up to be a conduit of God’s love. Why wouldn’t you want this? When the apostle John wrote, “We love because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19), wasn’t he implying that without being loved by God we may not be as motivated or as capable of loving others?

 

Source: https://www.focusonthefamily.com/marriage/gods-design-for-marriage/gods-presence-in-your-marriage

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