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Standing is not a duty, but a life style. PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 16 March 2011 15:16



Standing is not a duty, but a life style.

Devotion done by Ess-jee Rautenbach and Edited by Marc Vivier




Psalm 89:2
I will declare that your love stands firm forever, that you established your faithfulness in heaven itself.


Standing for someone means so much more than just the restoration of your marriage. It means that you are standing with God and for the eternal destiny of your beloved. What an honor to stand in the gap of your husband or wife. The world we live in has lost the plot for marriages and love. How can we as a church show the world out there what Jesus love is, if we can’t even show that unconditional love is the essence of our marriages or families?

1 John 3:16
This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.

1 John 3:18
Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.

1 John 4:8
Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

I had many people saying this to me; “But Ess-Jee you don’t understand!” Yes most of them are right, I don’t understand. Did God ever give up on us? Did He ever say “well Ess-Jee messed up one time too many, I’m finished with him. I’m going to look for another I can love the way I want to be loved”. No, never. God stood with us even when we’d forsaken Him. He still loved us. He said in His word that I died for you even when you were still sinners. I loved you so much that I sent My Son to die for you.

Ephesians 5:1-3

Therefore be imitators of God as dear children.

And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.

But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints;

We were called in marriage to love each other for better or for worse until death do us part. That means until death splits us apart.


Many of us don’t really understand what a covenant is all about and that is why God said in His word, that it is better not to vow than to vow. We were called to sacrifice our lives to God and our beloveds. So many of us claim we live for God, but, our lives don’t speak of it. I think many of us are searching for our happiness, forgetting that God actually cares more about our holiness.


In my experience from the short while I have been in ministry, is that second or third marriages actually last shorter than the first. Most marriages come to an end because of selfishness and lust, and because of two emotionally broken people coming together.

Marriage is a daily commitment. Even if you’re divorced or separated in worldly terms, you’re actually still married before God and God want us to honor our vows.

I have heard an interesting testimony from Marlyn Phillips from 2=1 ministries. She stood 3 years for Michael before he came back and even when he did it took another year before he came to repentance. She said that when he returned everyone was praising her and telling her how great she was, doing this hard thing to stand for Michael. When she arrived home she was telling God that it was so great that He chose her to do this awesome thing. After a while God asked her; “What did you do that you didn’t vow to do on your wedding day?”


This had me thinking. We as Christians Vowed before God and Witness that we would love this person no matter what the cost.

Guys its time that the Church of Christ starts acting on what we say we believe in. We need to Stand for God and start to rise up a generation that says Yes to Jesus Culture and God’s standards, and says No to the world’s standards and culture. The world has been the salt for long enough and now it’s our turn to become the salt again.


I challenge you: If you’re married and even if your spouse has left you, stand up and love your beloved even if they don’t deserve your love.

Choose today to love them as Christ loved us.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 March 2011 15:25
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