Thursday, August 8, 2013

Summer of Sizzle Closing Thoughts

By Amy Gentry, Kim Hawkins and Carri Pratt

The Song of Solomon has been an amazing "summer read".  It is one of the most romantic, poetic and inspirational books of the Bible.  This masterpiece is the finest marriage guide ever written. hopes that the Summer of Sizzle has enhanced your marriage relationship by helping you to focus on God’s precious words for husbands and wives.

A few thoughts to take with you through your forever love: 

Amy’s closing thoughts…

"Many waters cannot quench love, nor can rivers drown it. If a man tried to buy love with all his wealth, his offer would be utterly scorned." Song of Songs 8:7 

When I read this verse, valuable love lessons come to mind:  

Love is never satisfied- In the lifetime of a marriage you will never be at a point where your relationship is defined as perfection.  A relationship constantly thirst to be filled up. To be fed.  You feed your love as you live like Christ loved.  

Extend grace to your husband -  be a blessing to him, love without conditions whether you feel he has earned it or not. 

Give him mercy - When you feel that you have been wronged by your husband just LET IT GO. To hold onto unforgiveness and resentment is a matter of pride and opposed to mercy.  Love is to be highly valued.  

Kim’s closing thoughts… 

“May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife (husband) of your youth.” Proverbs 5:18

Many who left a marriage look back and regret not fighting for their vows or seeing them as a covenant. One person may step off of “the marriage line”, either physically or emotionally, if the spouse that remains will maintain their commitment and not let pride, hurt, or anger affect their better judgement, the marriage can be saved.   

The person who steps off of the marriage line usually steps back into the marriage, even if very briefly, before a more permanent decision is made (still there’s time for a change of heart after that, a divorce can take months if not years).

My point is, to choose to take your covenant seriously and do not let doubt creep in, decide that being patient and faithful can speak volumes in your marriage and future. Trust God by maintaining a gentle and quite spirit.

Carri's closing thoughts...

“Set me as a seal on your heart,  
as a seal on your arm.”   
Song of Solomon 8:6

 In my opinion, the first step to being in love forever is to have a heart connection.  It is the mindset of total dedication and commitment with all the exit doors sealed.   

The marriage union is about becoming one person; going all the way back to the beginning in Genesis 2:24 – This is why a man leaves his father and mother and bonds with his wife, and they become one flesh.”

Once a wife becomes aware that she is part of her husband it seems easier to take care of him as she would take care of herself.  On a deeper level, if her husband is a Christian he has Christ living within him through the Holy Spirit.  A cord of three strands is not easily broken.”  Ecclesiastes 4:12.

Relinquish control and allow him the opportunity to cherish you, to share his love and happiness with you.  Withhold criticism and make the choice to inspire your man to new heights.  Read God’s word to one another and live by its advice.  All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness,” 2 Timothy 3:16


Challenge:  Go back and re-read the Song of Solomon in its entirety.  Meditate on the wisdom God has provided for strong and loving marriage bonds.  We pray many blessings upon your marriage and your family.


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