In Pastor Jeff’s continuing series, “It’s a Rescue Mission”, he talked yesterday about marriages. I thought it was a powerful message that really boiled down to one point.
The prelude to the message was a video in which Donnie and Teresa Dinges testified to God’s healing power in their marriage and the “rope of hope” that was extended to them by Pastor Jeff and Teri when they first came to Community Fellowship 13 or 14 years ago.
Teresa said over and over again that they could’ve taken the easy way out and just quit, but instead, they hung in there and worked hard on their marriage. They got the needed counselling and God did a work in them and in their marriage.
Pastor Jeff said something in his message that really hit home and really is where the rubber meets the road. First, he quoted this truth from God’s Word:
I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh. (Ezekiel 11:19, NIV)
He went on to say, “You don’t need a new wife… you don’t need a new husband… what you need is a new heart…” and God can give you that new heart.
Many times, we don’t need a night for a “date night” (although that’s a good thing), we don’t need new communication skills (although that helps), we don’t need to give up our hobbies… what we need is a new heart toward our wife.
God’s promise is never-failing. He will give us a new heart if we’d just ask.