An Avenue of His Favor
Have you ever thought about the fact that one of the ways God wants to bless you is through your relationships? He uses the people in your life as an avenue to pour out His favor on you. He works through your friends, family, coworkers and even your spouse. Men, it says in Proverbs 18:22 that “he who finds a wife finds favor from the Lord.” Your wife is an avenue of favor!
We should always be thankful for our relationships and not take our loved ones for granted. We should do our best to seek peace and choose love.
One of the ways we can choose love is by giving each other room to make mistakes. Ladies, the scripture says in First Peter to “enjoy your husband.” It doesn’t say that you are to “remodel” your husband. No, let him be who God made him to be and learn to enjoy him for who he is. He may have weaknesses. He may do things that you don’t care for, but don’t focus on that. Focus on his good qualities and don’t fall into the trap of comparing your husband to someone else’s!
If you’re single today, be thankful that you have a perfect Provider, a faithful Companion; One who will never leave you nor forsake you—Almighty God. Let Him fill the needs of your heart and direct you to the right person at the right time according to the desires of your heart.
Remember, in all of your relationships, don’t let the little things build up. Don’t let resentment creep in. Before long, resentment and bitterness will bring in strife and division that destroys relationships. Instead, find something good about the other person and meditate on it. Even if it’s just one thing!
If you will magnify the good in others, not only will you experience God’s favor in your relationships, but you’ll also see the people in your life come up higher in other areas, too. For example, maybe your husband doesn’t go to church with you. You’ve tried your best, but he’s just not interested. Well, don’t nag him; don’t beg him. Instead, just love that man! I’ve seen too many women trying to “motivate” their husband by showering him with scriptures, or preaching him a sermon or telling him what he’s doing wrong. I believe a better approach is to just be your husband’s best friend. Just be fun to be around. Just love him. That will draw him in faster than putting pressure on him. Remember, you aren’t called to change him; you are called to love him and pray for him. Just focus on being a good example and let God do the rest!
Ultimately, each of us has the responsibility to treat the people in our lives with respect and honor. Don’t take your relationships for granted. Magnify the good, choose to forgive, and watch how God will use your relationships as an avenue of His favor!
An Avenue of His Favor
By Victoria Osteen
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