Embracing the Fruit of the Spirit within your marriage “Joy” Part 2

Embracing the Fruit of the Spirit within your marriage “Joy”


Part 2

Joy can be exhilarating and refreshing! Wow! You feel as though you are literally bursting at the seams as though you are elevated to a level of almost inexpressible happiness. Joy at times simply  brings a quiet warm feeling of inner contentment. Joy is a fruit of God’s Spirit!

 

God wants you to delight yourself within Him, your marriage and life itself. He wants us to have joy! This does not mean that you won’t go through some things, you will. Be open and honest with one another and continuously make your marriage a priority. Joy will help you weather the tempestuous storms of life as they arise. It is from your happier moments you can draw from, when turbulence of any kind hits your marriage.

 

Marriage and commitment

Marriage is about having a committed relationship. Fidelity is important! Building strong healthy marital boundaries is also important. It is within marriage you can become closer as you build an intimate, trusting and transparent union. Within a loving marriage you both can freely learn to seek pleasure in one another without shame or embarrassment.  You both can build a desirable   mutually safe place to meet your physical needs.

 

The Word of God teaches us that; “The Joy of the Lord is your strength!” Nehemiah 8.

 

Within marriage you can learn to freely give of yourselves to one another. Affection in marriage is important. Every physical encounter does not  have to lead to sexual intercourse. Snuggling can be most comforting. God is clear about becoming one as husband and wife. Resting in the arms of one another can be a welcomed safe haven to look forward to. A time to bond. 

 

Good  healthy communication  is a great asset to having a “Great Marriage!”  

 

Think of your marriage as a wonderful  circle. Keep God in the center of your circle. If you have not I suggest that you do. Marriage is the first institution God made. All of us are totally transparent to the Lord.  He knows everything about everyone.  God is omniscient and  there is absolutely nothing or anything  hidden to Him anywhere.

 

Embracing  Joy!

You can learn to rise together to overcome challenges that life at time presents, realizing that they are but for a season and do not define your marriage. This is really a time to gain strength and learn to work together.  It is a time to really  endeavor together to not allow discouragement take up residence although disappointed.  Learn to nip things in the bud whenever possible. Being able to enlist “critical thinking”  means to objectively assess a situation from many facets.  By this you can acquire  sound  judgment.  Staying positive is a real plus.  You want to  always be aware  and know what is happening around you.   

 

There is always HOPE in the LORD!

 

The Lord is the true vine and we are the branches. When we remain connected to Him the fruit of His Spirit will continue to flourish within us. God did not design marriage to leave us on our own to be without His assistance. Keep in mind that He knows everything about everyone.   God wants you to have a husband or wife that is willing to commit for life to building a strong healthy loving marriage. He said that “it was not good for man to be alone. I will make him a suitable helper.” Genesis 1.

 

Bone of my bone!

How you together express yourselves physically is between the two of you.  There should be mutual respect and consideration for one another. Together you can learn how to pleasure and romance one another.  Abandon the world’s idea of  pleasure which is usually self serving.  Think more in terms of of making your spouse happy, safe and content.  The desire to come  together is natural. After all you are becoming one. 

 

The marriage bed is undefiled. In the eyes of the Lord it is the only  honorable place  for a man and woman to physically join together. God is the Creator and Sustainer of life.  He can help us in every area of life.  

 

When you both are fulfilled physically there is no need to look elsewhere. This will help you fireproof your marriage from the perils of infidelity. There are some very beautiful passages of scripture that reflect the beauty of coming together as one in marriage.  The Word teaches us that, “You have stolen my heart, my sister, my bride, you have stolen my heart with on glance of your eyes, with on jewel of your necklace. How delightful is your love, my sister my bride! How much more pleasing is your love than wine and the fragrance of your perfume than any spice! Your lips drop sweetness as the honeycomb, my bride; milk and honey are under your tongue…” Song of Songs 4.

 

Spend time in the Word alone as well as together.   Allow the Lord to speak to your heart. Song of Songs contains a marvelous wealth of passionate poetic scriptures that can enrich and enhance your marriage and love life.

 

Becoming One!

Whoever you join yourself to becomes part of you. This is why you want to be selective in whom you marry.  As your hearts continue to knit together you both can learn to freely share the essence of who you are intimately, spiritually, emotionally and physically. Marriage is about two becoming; “bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh.” Genesis 1. You are the most invaluable gift that you have to give to your spouse.  Spiritual Oneness within marriage brings supreme joy!

 

Seek to together make your home a loving, safe, warm, inviting sanctuary away from the world…

Having a date night is important. It can be simple or elegant. Refresh your marriage and keeping the embers of love burning should be a priority. This keeps your marriage interesting and your joy flowing. A committed monogamous marriage creates an environment where you both can safely get your needs met. Devotion, commitment and loyalty are key ingredients in any good marriage. Make it a goal to live a life of quality.  You honor God when you honor your marriage. When we love with godly love, we can also experience His everlasting love, joy, peace and security in Him.

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