ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS FOR A SWEET HOME (2)
I count it a great privilege to bring God's Word your way again, today. The joy of the Lord will fill your home and every promise you have been holding unto in God's Word, will become a reality in your life, in Jesus' Name.
Thank God for His Word of wisdom that He has been revealing to us. His Word has been exposing to us the essential elements for a sweet home. Last week, the essential elements of the words, "I'm sorry" were revealed to us. This week, God has another essential element for you, and that element is learning to say, "Thank you."
These two short words go a long way towards creating credibility: "Thank you." There may be dozens of times each day when we should say "thank you" and we don't. We're either too busy, preoccupied with our own thoughts or feelings, or maybe we're unknowingly insensitive to the good deeds done by our spouse. When your spouse does anything for you, then it is time to say, "Thank you."
"Thank you" is a phrase that any of us can say which can help to improve and transform our home and marriage. Say it once and reap the blessings. Say it often and you will enrich your marriage greatly and make your home sweet!
Men and women who are not complimented do not feel appreciated. They feel taken for granted and ordinary. So, when someone outside showers them with the much sought for compliments, they are easily carried away. Appreciating little things creates greater things. Nothing should escape our appreciation or thanks; it motivates the beneficiary to go a step further.
A two-word, such as "Thank you" can do a lot to brighten and strengthen the relationship between you and your spouse. Some men never see the need to say, "Thank you" to their wives. To them, their wives demand no commendation for performing their domestic duties. This is unfair and unscriptural. Thanksgiving should be reciprocal. It shouldn't be one-sided. So, learn to appreciate others for their good deeds around the home, and for their kind gestures shown towards you.
Besides this, you must also be thankful to the Lord for your spouse and family members, no matter the situation. God's Word says: Out of them shall proceed thanksgiving and the voice of them that make merry: and I will multiply them, and they shall not be few; I will also glorify them, and they shall not be small (Jeremiah 30:19).
Thanksgiving always has multiplier effect on whatever you are giving God thanks for. If you thank Him for the love that reigns and the level of sweetness you enjoy in your family today, He will multiply it. If you can inculcate the act of gratitude into your family's lifestyle, then get set to experience the love and peace that know no bounds in your marital life.
Thanking your spouse for doing something well or for something you like about him or her, goes a long way to improve the love in your marriage and invariably the sweetness in your home. Everyone loves to be praised; everyone loves nice things to be said about him or her.
Husband, handle your wife with care, by speaking kind words of appreciation to her often. She needs to hear you express it daily, how much you love and appreciate her.
If you are not yet born again, this is a great opportunity for you to experience the reality of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ in your life, as you receive Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour. Why not say this simple prayer with me, in faith? Dear Lord Jesus, I come to You today. I believe You died and rose again for my sake. Forgive me of my sins, take over my life, make me Your child and let Your peace reign over my life.
Congratulations, you are now born again! I believe that you will begin to experience the reality of the price that Jesus paid for your sins at Calvary. All round rest and peace are guaranteed you in Jesus' Name!
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For more insight, these books authored by Pastor Faith Oyedepo are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian bookstores: Marriage Covenant, Making Marriage Work, Building a Successful Family, The Effective Minister's Wife, and Success in Marriage (Co-Authored with Bishop David Oyedepo).