God changes us in ways that strengthens our marriages as we yield to His work in us. The very character qualities that God produces within us is what our marriages thrive on. His grace brings new life, joy, strength, compassion, and the beauty of holiness into our marriages. He changes our selfishness to servanthood, our accusations to affirmations, from being defensive to laying down our verbal swords and shields.
The good news is that He brings or produces these qualities in our lives as we live for Him. Really, it just happens, the same way a peach tree bears peaches. The life flows to the branches and produces fruit. You don’t have to strain or grunt, just live for Christ!
“But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.” (Galatians 5:22–23, Message)
Reflect upon this passage, journal about it, and most of all trust God to work in you!
Peace and Joy!