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Philippians 4:8 in Marriage: Praiseworthy

by admin on September 6, 2012 in Faith, Spouse with No Comments

If you missed out on the intro to the Philippians 4:8 series, check it out here.

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or PRAISEWORTHY—think about such things” (Philippians 4:8).

PRAISEWORTHY

I’ve always been taught that praise is thanking God for Who He is and thanksgiving is thanking Him for what He has done.  I like that distinction because it’s easy to muddle up who someone is by evaluating what he does (or doesn’t do).

When it’s me, I always give myself the benefit of the doubt.  When I snap, I don’t immediately think I’m a mean person; instead, I acknowledge the circumstances around me that influenced me to act out of character.  I’m terrible, however, at applying that to someone who runs a stop sign when it’s my turn to go through the intersection or at a patient who yells at me when they come in for their appointment.  I’m not always fabulous at applying this to God, and I’m definitely bad at applying that to my husband.

Giving our husbands the benefit of the doubt goes back to the idea that we admire who they are and love things about them.  We married them because we believed they were the best men for us.  If we can’t feel now what we loved about them then, we can remember it.  And we can tell them.

Affirming who our men are does wonders for encouraging them to live up to their God-given greatness.  It also helps guard us from discontentment. So let’s get into a routine of thanking God for who our husbands are.

While we are at it, let’s thank God for Who He is.  The more we dwell on the character of God, the more His character will seep out of us and into our marriage because our love for Him will grow.  If this is difficult, try running through the alphabet and telling God something you love about Him or names of Him you connect with for every letter.  A-awesome, B-beloved, C-creative, D-deliverer… You can do the same if you are struggling to praise your husband: A-assertive, B-blond, C-caring, D-dependable…

When our minds are fixed on praise, the glass becomes half full.  Hope becomes stronger.  Irritations fade.  No matter the season or circumstance we are currently in, we have so much to praise God for because He is always good and there is always a reflection of God in our husbands.

God 8: Enemy 0.

Protect your marriage from attack by thinking on what is worthy of praise in your husband.  If you don’t know what that is, think on Christ and that will calibrate your thoughts.


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