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It’s Time To Open Up Boxes

This topic is obviously inspired by today being the Boxing Day. You know, when I was a child I kept wondering why ‘boxing day’. Why on earth will a day be to engage in boxing, fighting one another. But since we didn’t fight in our house, I felt okay, good enough. But still wondered if people would really do boxing. Funny how we think as kids.
 
 
Well today’s topic is not about boxing but about opening up boxes. Yes, it’s good to open boxes of gifts received during Christmas but I am talking of opening another type of box.
 
As couples we have boxes where we keep our spouses in unforgiving mode for hurts and pains they caused us.
 
Couples also have boxes where they keep secrets. Secret admirers, secret means of taking care of ourselves or should I say sorting ourselves out.
 
Secret sins, secret chats, secret agenda, secret outings, and whatever we do that we can not afford to let our spouse know about.
 
As the year 2017 comes to an end and we prepare to enter the new year 2018, we should take out time to open all these boxes. Give way for open communication, forgive old offenses and make room for a new season of restoration and marital fulfillment.
 
Forgiveness in marriage is not easy but one needs to make a quality decision to do what is right for things to work out right. Forgiveness is not what can be done in our own human strength. Human nature is anti forgiveness and that’s why we need God’s help by His Holy Spirit and His word.
 
The journey of marriage is not one that can be done by human strength or ability. It takes God’s strength, grace, ability and wisdom. You have to embrace all these help made available for you in your marriage.
 
Boxes where offenses are stored and secrets kept must be opened. Wounds opened up heal faster than those covered up without treatment. Talk about issues, don’t be afraid of opening up. Don’t be intimidated into silence. The aim of opening up our issues is not to offend our spouse but to trash out issues and throw away the trash.
 
However, as you attempt to do these, you may need to ask God for wisdom on how to go over this so that more issues are not created.
 
God bless your marriage in Jesus name

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CONFESSION FOR THE DAY
I forgive my spouse genuinely
 
PRAYER FOR THE DAY

Lord, help me to forgive my spouse and be gracious enough not to store up offenses.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY 

Gen 2:25 (KJV)  And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.

ACTION PLAN FOR THE DAY

Write out those things you are offended about and talk about them not accusingly but meekly.

READ THROUGH THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR 

Rev 8 - 11

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Pastor Sophia Okunowo

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