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What does it mean to Stand for my marriage? PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 10 May 2010 17:34

 

What does it mean to Stand for my marriage?

Devotional done by Ess-Jee from standforyourmarriage.org 

 

 

The dictionary.com describes the word “stand” in sixteen different ways:

1. (of a person) to be in an upright position on the feet.

2. to rise to one's feet (often fol. by up).

3. to have a specified height when in this position: a basketball player who stands six feet seven inches.

4. to stop or remain motionless or steady on the feet.

5. to take a position or place as indicated: to stand aside.

6. to remain firm or steadfast, as in a cause.

7. to take up or maintain a position or attitude with respect to a person, issue, or the like: to stand as sponsor for a person. 

8. to have or adopt a certain policy, course, or attitude, as of adherence, support, opposition, or resistance: He stands for free trade.

9. (of things) to be in an upright or vertical position, be set on end, or rest on or as on a support.

10. to be set, placed, fixed, located, or situated: The building stands at 34th Street and 5th Avenue .

11. (of an account, score, etc.) to show, be, or remain as indicated; show the specified position of the parties concerned: The score stood 18 to 14 at the half.

12. to remain erect or whole; resist change, decay, or destruction (often fol. by up):The ruins still stand. The old building stood up well.

13. to continue in force or remain valid: The agreement stands as signed.

14. to remain still, stationary, or unused: The bicycle stood in the basement all winter.

15. to be or become stagnant, as water.

16.(of persons or things) to be or remain in a specified state, condition, relation, relative position, etc.: He stood in jeopardy of losing his license.

 

To stand for your marriage means that you take up a specific position. You decide that you’re not going to conform to the world’s ways and solutions, but doing what the Lord wants us to do when our marriage goes sour. To stand for one’s marriage may sound simple, but it goes against everything the world teaches and what your flesh desires. To stand for your spouse is love in action.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails....And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. (NIV)

Ok, let’s take the same verse and put the word “stand” in place of Love, making it more applicable to a Stander:

To stand for your beloved you must be patient, your love towards them must be kind. To stand you cannot envy, you cannot boast about your stand, you must always have a humble and repentant heart. Don’t be rude, to stand you can’t be self-seeking, don’t be easily angered, don’t keep record of wrongs. To stand does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails....And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. (NIV)

To stand you must have endurance and patience. You must keep yourself full with the Word of God. Always keep your eyes on Jesus and not your circumstances. The battle is not yours but God’s, all you have to do is stand and endure. Ask the Lord to change you first before He starts the change in your beloved.

See the time that you’re waiting for your spouse to return as a healing time. Only the Lord knows when both of you are ready for the restoration to start in your marriage. Your stand never stops, even when your spouse returns in the Lord’s time. One must never stop praying or interceding, or be tempted to fall back in old habits. Ask the Lord to bring permanent change to your heart, not just surface change.

Even though you may be separated or have already divorced, it doesn’t matter. In the Lord’s eyes you are still one, and the Lord honours those who honour their wedding vows and covenants.

Marriage=Covenant=Forever, even if your spouse is in another relationship or married to someone else, it doesn’t matter to God. The only marriage that is legal is the marriage covenant you have with your husband or wife.  Pray that the Lord will make them free from the bondage of sin they are in.

Our God is the God of restoration and reconciliation. He never ever gave up on us, and He wants the same from us; to never ever give up on our beloveds.

So stay alert, stand firm in faith, show courage, be strong. Everything you do should be done in love.

 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 May 2010 20:13
 
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