Bible Studies for Life Lesson for May 30- From This Day Forward
May 17 2010 by Dale Austin Jr., associate pastor, Wakeminster Baptist Church, Raleigh

Focal Passages: Psalms 51:6-10; Song of Songs 2:15; Acts 18:24-26; Romans 16:3-5a  

Marriage is the never ending construction project. I don’t know about most of you, but my projects around the house never seem to end. Cleaning out my garage has taken on a life of its own, and the end is nowhere in sight. A simple definition of marriage from my dictionary is “a never ending home project.”

Marriage requires that both partners give 100 percent each to continually building and improving this relationship. In this week’s Bible study, we will explore some of the requirements to continue to build on our marriages from this day forward.

The scripture passage from Psalms 51 deals with a way to better communicate with God, and we can take this example and expand it into communicating with our spouse. God desires integrity (truthfulness) from us. There are eight petitions that David notes in this scripture passage to have a growing relationship with God.
  1. David asked to be purified. We also need to admit to each other when we have messed up. Confession is a requirement in our relationship with God and with our spouse.
  2. David asked to be washed and made whiter than snow. God was going to forgive David. We need to put this example into practice and forgive each other.
  3. David asked to experience joy and gladness. There is no joy when we are in the midst of sin against God or our spouse. We have to come to the realization that our sins bleed the joy out of our marriage too.
  4. David requested that his crushed bones rejoice again. There is no joy like that of being truly forgiven. Marriages that have endured any number of problems can have this same rejoicing when forgiveness enters the relationship.
  5. David begged for God to turn His face away from his sins. David was not asking God to just ignore the problem and look the other way, but he asked God to remember the sin no longer. This is a key point in our marriage relationship — when a past sin has been confessed and forgiven, it should never be brought back up during a future argument lest the wound be reopened.
  6. David pleaded to have this guilt blotted out. Our slates should be wiped clean in our marriage.
  7. David petitioned for the creation of a clean heart. Some marriages need a new beginning. Some sins can penetrate so deeply and hurt so profoundly that only God can help us repair them. The word here for “create” a new heart means that something new and pure is created by God.
  8. David asked for a steadfast spirit. Marriage is not complete without a spiritual relationship with God through His Son, Jesus the Messiah. Our marriage relationships need to have Jesus as the foundation.
In marriage, little issues can grow into big issues or even major sins if ignored.  

Communication with our spouse and with God is vital to keep this special relationship growing.  
5/17/2010 6:21:00 AM by Dale Austin Jr., associate pastor, Wakeminster Baptist Church, Raleigh | with 1 comments




Comments
Mrs. V. N. Cockrell
This lesson is so touching for a newly marriage young lady like myself. I have only been married eight months but we have had some test along the way but with the love of God we are going to make it. I just felt the need to let someone know there is joy within the word and it does make things work for the better to parise the Lord God for all things good and bad because we all have hills to climb.

First Lady,
Cockrell
5/30/2010 12:52:43 PM