God’s Word: I Corinthians 7:1-40 (The Message)
God’s Message to me: (My interpretation of what God is saying in these verses)
Happiness comes from a decision within; not from your circumstances. In this passage these instructions are directed toward Christ-followers. Marriage is not the place to “stand up for your rights.” Marriage is a decision to serve the other. This is a big reason why divorce is so rampant. Instead take to heart this meaning of “love.” Love is the supreme concern for the well-being of another, with no regards as to what you receive for yourself.
Jesus lived out this self-sacrificing meaning of “love.” His supreme concern was for your well-being (salvation) with no regards as to what the consequences were for Him. Do you see how this concept can be a life-changer for you? Too many are looking to marriage (and life) for what they can get out of it rather than what they can give. That goal is always illusive—in marriage, business, churches, community, and the home. Life is My gift to you and how you live your life is your gift to Me. As you relate to others is in reality how you relate to Me.
Happiness is not found at the end of the rainbow. Instead, it begins right where you are and creates its own rainbow of blessings showered on others. You are the end of someone’s rainbow and in meeting their needs you will find your own rainbow grow even brighter. Get rid of the “tit for tat” mentality. Jesus surely did and you can too. Here is the secret to living this out; treat your spouse, and everyone, as though they were Jesus. Live toward them as though it was actually Jesus—for that is exactly how He interprets your words and deeds. This is the secret of happiness and it is right within your reach.
God’s Question: What rainbow of blessing will you create today?
God’s Promise: You can discover happiness right where you are.
My Prayer to God:
I Praise You for this simple path to happiness.
I am Sorry I too often live “tit for tat.”
Thank You for reminding me to live for You.
Please Help Me so live and set a faithful example.