Week of January 29

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The Beauty of Marriage

Day 1. Begin this week by reading through the Next Steps “Take 5” Questions below. Invite the Holy Spirit to speak truth into you as you consider and answer the questions. Write down your thoughts, responses, and what God is showing you. Use the “Take 5” questions this week as a conversation starter with your family or possibly a close friend.

1.       Wives / women – How does it make you feel to know that your place in creation was so important?  That you brought completeness to creation?  And that you have an invaluable role to fulfill in our homes and in our society? 

2.      Husbands / men – How does it make you feel to know that God has entrusted you to be the primary spiritual influence in your home?  (scared, uncertain, honored, etc.)  What is one small step you could take to more clearly step into this role?  (If married, what is one way you can partner with your wife to provide clear spiritual direction and care to your marriage and family?) 

Day 2. Read Genesis 2:18 in the context of Cory’s discussion of completion. What response does this create in you?  When God created women as the ‘ezer’, He created a person who provides help…a person who comes through in desperate times, a term God even referred to Himself. We each have the opportunity to be someone who comes through in the lives of people around us. Who is the person, the people in your life who you could come through for them? Is there a time when you have been that person someone desperately needed to come through for them? What could you do today to be more aware of opportunities to serve another?

Day 3. Re-read Genesis 2:15-25. What is most difficult and challenging for you from this passage? When are the times you have felt less than complete? What reasons tend to lead you to feel less than complete? Are these reasons current or do they come from a relationship in your past that you hoped would bring completeness?   What steps could you take or questions could you ask of yourself that would help you evaluate your current response? Have you ever turned to something other than God for completeness? How did that work for you? What steps could you take to evaluate feelings or attempts at completeness or wholeness that only worked to leave you more empty or disassociated? 

Day 4. Read John 17:23 “I in them and you in me-so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” How is following Jesus changing you and your relationships? Are you able to look back at the you of 1, 5, 10 years ago and see the transformation to what or whom you are becoming? We each are created with unique qualities, to see ourselves as superior, right, or of more importance than the other is destructive and works against understanding the other gender or anyone who is different from us. It cuts into the unity Jesus calls us to in this verse and others. On the other hand, by feeling less than and failing to live out the role God created you to live in keeps you from fully following and becoming more like Jesus as well – it keeps us from living freely and fully inChrist! How we treat others speaks to our relationship and the witness of Jesus. Ask God to show you where you have been living less than and ask Him to give you the ability to live brave and LOVE others!

Day 5. In last week’s devotional, we read in 1st Corinthians 13. There, Paul tells us of the supremacy of love in all relationships. This both reveals our heart toward God and others and works to form healthy hearts in us, and our relationships. To be healthy, we need to live the way God created us to live in Genesis 2:15-25. What behaviors, attitudes, beliefs are limiting you or moving you to live and love the way God created you to be? In what ways does God want you to understand more fully the way He’s created you? What step can you take this week to live more consistently with whom you were created to be? 

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