July 3, 2020

THE 7 INGREDIENTS OF A HAPPY MARRIAGE Part 2

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For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.  Genesis 2:24

Welcome to Heart2Heart devotional. Yesterday, I told you that the success of any happy marriage is compared to the making of delicious snacks. What you need is how to mix what’s necessary to produce these marvelous snacks.

A recipe for marriage is much like the recipe for making these snacks.  The success or failure depends entirely on what you put into it and in the right amounts. Leave out an ingredient or use too little of it, and it’s just not the same. Here are the remaining ingredients:

Sugar in the snacks: Now add the ingredient of love, which is the like the sugar in the the snacks. Though we talk so much of love, it’s tough to define.  It’s better understood when you are on the receiving end of this commitment to care.

In tennis love means “nothing,” but in marriage it means everything.  No wonder Paul wrote, “Husbands, love your wives as Christ loved the church” (Ephesians 5:25); and that should be enough love to satisfy any woman.

The baking powder of forgiveness: Another ingredient that allows both marriages and what you put in the oven to come out successfully is the baking powder of forgiveness.

Leave baking powder out of oatmeal cookies, and you have tough, flat little wafers, and apart from a measure of forgiveness in a marriage, it’s apt to collapse in the time of stress.  Simply put, forgiveness means I give up my right to hurt you because you hurt me.

Now, add the eggs of meeting each other’s needs. In baking, eggs bind the ingredients together, and meeting each other’s needs keeps temptation away, and adds joy to a relationship.

Another ingredient needs to go into this mixing bowl.  Call it the spice of humor.  In cooking we use salt, vanilla, cinnamon, and other spices.  In marriage, it means we can laugh at ourselves, our failures and our foibles.

Finally, add a touch of frosting. We think of it as the frosting of understanding which puts the other first. A final thought:  None of these ingredients tastes very good separately, but mix them together and apply heat, and you have something very, very good. Grandma’s recipe works for marriages just as it did for oatmeal cookies. God bless you. Read Ephesians 5: 17-25. 

CONFESSION OF THE DAY: I walk by faith and not by sight

DISCUSSION OF THE DAY: Join me for the ongoing FAITH CONFERENCE this weekend on Facebook by 10-pm. Last night was simply fire. The date again is 8th-10th of MAY. Plan to be part of it. Click HERE to be part of the Facebook group now.

PRAYER OF THE DAY: Thank God for your marriage this morning. Now ask God to help you both mix the ingredients o just showed you in their right proportion in your marriage in Jesus name.

I remain Your constant Friend,
Dr Andy Kwakpovwe
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