If you were asked to identify yourself in one word, what would it be? Parent? Spouse? American? If you’ve accepted Christ as your Savior, then that one word should be Christian. The late E.V. Hill, then-pastor of Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles, preached apowerfulsermon at a 1992 Promise Keepers event in Boulder, Colorado. In it, he reminds us of the truth of 1 Peter 2:9 which says, We are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession. In other words, our identity is in Jesus Christ.
A key component of a healthy marriage is the ability to humbly apologize. Unfortunately, few of us are very good at that. Dr. Gary Chapman, author of "The Five Languages of Apology," asked thousands of people, "When someone is apologizing to you, what do you want to hear them say or do?" Top answers included: express regret, accept responsibility, make restitution, genuinely repent, and request forgiveness. 2 Corinthians 7:10 says, "Godly sorrow brings repentance."
Dr. Gary Chapman, author of the best-selling book, "The Five Love Languages," talks about the importance of words of affirmation, quality time, acts of service, physical touch and gift giving. He says that your spouse will feel truly loved when you emphasize his or her primary love language, and that parents need to determine their child’s love language, as well.
As an impressionable boy, Danny Silk witnessed his mother consecutively invite at least 30 men to live with them. Her poor example contributed to a crisis of confidence in his eventual marriage, as he came to believe that love and fear equally inhabit all relationships—but he learned one ultimately casts out the other.
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