Date: February 24, 2013
Speaker: Nathan Joyce
Series: Grace Based Marriage
Scripture: Galatians 2:19–2:21
When it comes to marriage, most of us are playing a game. This game has rules.
Rule 1: Watch carefully to see if your spouse fulfills your needs or hurts you with his or her failures.
Rule 2: Reward your spouse if and when they do a good job.
Rule 3: Punish your spouse when they fail. You can get angry and loud or pout by giving the cold shoulder. The choice is yours.
Rule 4: Do your best to earn rewards and to avoid punishments from your spouse. This might require walking on egg shells and mind reading so good luck.
Rule 5: Keep a running log of yours and your spouse’s earnings and punishments. You might need it in the future to prove that you are winning as the better person.
Most of the time when we talk about improving marriages, we really are trying to get better at this game. However, we don’t need to get better at a dilapidated game that could never work in the first place. We need a game changer. Grace is that game changer, and if you will submit yourself to be disciple by Jesus to love with grace, it will revolutionize your marriage.