Thought For The Day 07/30/13

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From This Day Forward…

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two hearts

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When a man takes an oath… he’s holding his own self in his own hands.  Like water.  And if he opens his fingers then – he needn’t hope to find himself again.

Robert Bolt

http://www.quotegarden.com/promises.html

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If you have watched the news here in the United States lately, you have seen members of the media having a field day over the recent indiscretions of some of our American politicians. From a California Mayor to a New York Congressman, marital fidelity is taking it on the chin, once more, as comedians take advantage of this new material which, almost by a divine hand, has dropped into their laps. And while these people have forced the issue into our living rooms, if you think that this problem rests only with people of note, you are sorely mistaken! Every day, in some way or another, families suffer because of the poor choices one (or both) make, which thumbs noses at the sanctity of an institution almost as old as time itself!

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When two commit their hearts one to the other, whether sanctified by God or not, the promises made should guarantee that our behavior honors our word, which is the greatest thing that defines the character of each human. But again and again, we fail not just our partner, but ourselves, as well, when we forget things like “love and cherish” and “from this day forward” and “honor”, that is our intent, when we begin that shared life.

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The most important thing we must understand is that for any close relationship to grow and thrive, one absolute must be embraced. HONESTY! You see, lies and deception erodes trust and raises doubts about not just our spouse but our own worthiness, as well! And there are no shades of gray when it comes to this, Half truths and evasions can be just as harmful. Deception is the generally the one thing that cannot be worked through because it denies that a problem even exists. Because of this, it makes forgiveness unattainable. And even though “Thou shalt not lie” (or deceive) is almost at the tail end of God’s commands for our behavior, that it is there at all should mean something to us all!

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Couples should aim at total honesty. But honesty must be coupled with the other values such as love, respect and faithfulness. But, “…the greatest of these is LOVE” (1 Corinthians 13: ..13), You see, it is love and truth that allows us to grow and thrive in life! Ephesians 4:15 NIV, tells us, “15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.” We are reminded that honesty is what we are compelled to be when we care for another, but love is the glue that holds all things together.

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Lastly, both honesty and love must be bound with the golden thread that is the holiness of the Almighty! You see, without a commitment to holiness, there is little hope for us that a problem of betrayal within the union of two hearts will not recur! And that state of holiness must begin with each of us BEFORE we seek to unite our hearts, from this day forward!

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    1 If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.

      4 Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, 5 does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, 6 does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

      8 Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part; 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away. 11 When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. 13 But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 13:1-13 NASB

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About Mandy Bruscella

Mandy's Story: As a Registered Professional Nurse with Certification in a number of specialties including home care, I was afforded the opportunity of working closely with various Social Service Agencies in NY and NJ. ~ A lifelong Christian, I was ordained as a Presbyterian deacon in 1993 and, after relocating to SC in 2000, elected to become ordained as a non-denominational minister. ~ I established "MandysPath" Ministry in 2011. "MandysPath" Ministry is a member of Pacific Life Church, El Sobrante, CA, network of ministries. ~ I direct an outreach ministry in an alternative setting, providing spiritual care to a congregation of more than 500 people from around the world via the Internet. ~ As part of this outreach, I write a daily faith based blog. In March, 2012 I was asked to become a board member of Heroes For Children which is a non-profit foundation, established to assists the Guardian ad Litem program of Horry County, SC. Guardians ad Litem are a group of court appointed advocates who represent the best interests of children in Family Court proceedings involving allegations of abuse or neglect. Working closely with these men and women who make a difference in the lives of children, I completed training and have been sworn in to serve as a Guardian ad Litem for the state of South Carolina . ~ I have been married since 1975 to a wonderful man, Daniel. I have a son Daniel and his wife Melissa who live in NYC. My daughter Sabrina and my grandson Landon live here in SC. ~ My father Harold continues to share his wisdom with me and is responsible for many of the ideas I write about!

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