Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Confidence Promoting Practices

Scripture Texts: 2 Corinthians 1:12-24; Psalm 69

The fist couple of lines in this letter to the church in Corinth are very bold words. Especially when Paul is claiming them to be true about himself. It is either extreme confidence or right on the border of spiritual pride to make the claim to have lived in God-given holiness.

At the same time, we should be able to look at our lives and see the way we have grown in living the life God has called us to live. A disciple of Jesus Christ is a person who is ever-growing in their holiness. There very well will come a point when we can make the similar claim as Paul. However, our confidence, and I assume Paul's, is not in our ability to live a life of holiness. Our confidence comes from the grace of God, not human wisdom.

Tasking a look at the life of Paul, or any other person who follows Jesus wholeheartedly, we find a person who has engaged in practices that promote holiness in their life. Regular communication with God through prayer and the Scriptures. Actively seeking the justice of God. Walking in mercy with those around us. All of these and some more are practices that promote holiness.

In our marriage we can engage in practices that promote having a marriage we can claim confidence in. These are practices beyond what we do individually. Ways in which we treat our spouse. How we talk about our spouse. Devoting time to our spouse and our relationship. These are the practices that give us the ability to say with confidence and a clear conscience that we have lived our marriage with God-given faithfulness and fruitfulness, not because of our wisdom but because of God's grace.

For us the practice of taking time to read the Scriptures together, write this blog, review the day that was and the day that is about to be, and then pray together is cultivating deeper confidence in what God is doing in and with our marriage. Our hope is you have been cultivating a similar practice in your marriage. We are honored that you make our words a regular part of your confidence promoting practice.

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