A Voice of Admonition

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Will you heed words of admonition that come through your spouse?

You also are full of goodness . . . [and] knowledge, able also to admonish one another. Romans 15:14

Like the proverbial sheep, I (Teresa) tend to wander among the conflicting pulls on my life. For that reason, I rejoice often that I've not been left without God's admonitions.

I have a tendency to be self-reliant and stubborn. I sometimes ignore God's guidance, thinking all the while that I can handle my problems on my own. And just when I've needed it the most—and when I've finally admitted it—God has been there to lovingly see me through.

I know others of God's sheep who have a tendency to blatantly ignore the admonitions of the Shepherd. They take risks, almost seemingly "daring" God to save them at their most dire moment of need. Still other sheep have a mindset that says, "What's the point of following God's guidance? I don't know that He cares about me one way or another."

All of these sheep—including me—have the wrong idea about God. The Great Shepherd has promised that He will guide and direct us through His Spirit and His written Word. Our only responsibility is to pay heed to His wonderful guidance and direction.

God has also provided us with other sheep who can serve as voices of His guidance. Among those "other sheep" He has provided are our spouses. Because Jesus lives within the heart of my husband, God actually uses him to guide me and instruct me.

The Bible says that because David has a relationship with Christ, he is "full of goodness and knowledge." Therefore, I want to hear the admonitions for me that God has laid on my husband's heart.

What factors can keep you from heeding words of admonition that come through your spouse? What can you do to overcome those factors?

Father, make my heart sensitive to Your admonishing voice and to the voice of my spouse, whom You involve to bring me warnings and correction.

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