Mercy • Devotion #4: We are a Team

“Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” Luke 6:38

Reading through Jesus’ teachings, and thinking about those that had to have been listening to this, I cannot help but wonder what they thought. How foreign of a concept was this? Most, it seems, are taught if you want something you have to take it, not give it away.

I, at times, have a struggle I am sure most can relate to. I want things. This shows itself often in marriage. I have an emotional need, or I have a physical need. I want time alone. I want to be served. Can anyone else relate?

A friend recently reminded me of a concept in marriage – we are a team. It is not new, but a great reminder that I frequently need. She is not out to get me, and I am not out to get her. I am reminded of this passage in Ephesians chapter 5.

Ephesians 5:28-30 says, In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body.”

Reading Luke 6:38, God reminded me of this passage in Ephesians and I could not help but think of the relationship with my wife. I have been told by many to succeed in marriage you have to stop thinking about yourself and what you want, and focus on what she wants or needs. Love my wife, provide for her, and in doing so, God will bless. I can tell you, that every time I have done this, and done so with the right heart with love toward my wife and toward Christ, it has been given back to me. God has an amazing way of providing what I need when I first put my focus in the right place.

“Give, and it will be given to you” seems a little odd maybe to some, but it is actually fun to follow Jesus’ teachings and watch His promises come to life.

Hebrews 6:10 adds, For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do.”

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