Excerpt from An online Course: Where God puts two hearts in a home
‘When you squeeze an orange, what comes out? Orange juice.
When you squeeze a lemon, what comes out? Lemon juice.
Under pressure, whatever is inside comes out, does it not? So as a Christian what should come out when a situation squeezes you?
No person on earth may produce pressure, or at least witness your pressures more than your spouse. Your spouse sees you during many of life‘s most crucial situations like death, birth, job frustrations, problems with children, conflicts with others.
Your display of a redeemed nature in your home is a far more reliable measure of the amount of your heart that you have truly surrendered to Christ …than how courteous you are to your spouse when friends or leaders are present. Other people get to see you usually in pleasant social situations. But your spouse sees you at your worst, as well as at your best.’
Marriage is a place we relate without masks; and thus we get to see our spouse and our spouses get to see us for who we really are. We can use this special relationship to encourage one another to grow and become more like the Children of God … bearing the fruit of the Holy Spirit which is ‘love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control’ Galatians 5:20.