Focal Passages: Proverbs 6:6-11, 16-19, 23-27
As a pastor, I have worked with numerous couples whose marriage was in significant trouble. Sometimes their issues stemmed from external factors, but most of the time their problems came from ungodly character traits. Do not misunderstand me; I realize we all make a sinful contribution to our relationships. Indeed, even on our best days we do not handle our relationship perfectly. However, I have noticed that when relationships begin to get in trouble it is because people have refused to admit or address their character deficiencies. I have a pastor friend who used to say, “We are a lot more ‘wickeder’ than we give ourselves credit for.” His statement is bad grammar, but good theology. Many Christians tend to see themselves in a more favorable light when the reality is they have major issues. Their refusal to address those issues not only hurts themselves, but also hurts those around them.
Are there character issues in your life that need to be addressed? If so allow God’s Word to speak into your life, and you will become more like Christ and have a greater impact on those around you.
Let me close with a personal illustration: I’ve always wanted to get up early to spend time with the Lord in Bible study and exercise. The problem was I would never do it. One morning when I was lying in bed God reminded me of two verses. Proverbs 6:9-11, “How long will you lie there O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.” The second verse was, “As a door turns on its hinges, so does a sluggard on his bed” (Proverbs 26:14). Ever since that morning I have tried to be more diligent in getting up early. I have failed numerous times, but because my family sees me striving to allow God’s Word to shape my life, it has inspired them to do the same.