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Lean on Me

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How can you begin to lovingly protect your spouse and your children from harm?

Guard what was committed to your trust. 1 Timothy 6:20

Mark, Lisa, and the boys were invited over to her dad's to celebrate her birthday. They arrived an hour later than expected because of some unexpected traffic delays. Lisa's dad was furious. He never raised his voice or said an unkind word, but even the children picked up on his unforgiving spirit.

Mark and Lisa apologized and tried to explain, but her father just went about setting the table in cold silence.

Mark was not going to risk the whole evening being ruined. He respectfully told Lisa's father that they would like to stay and celebrate his daughter's birthday, but they would not subject their family to this kind of treatment. Mark suggested that her dad would have to make a choice to talk things over and resolve the issue, or they were going to leave. Lisa's dad decided to talk, and they healed the hurts and restarted the evening on a better note.

As Mark and Lisa returned home that evening, she thanked Mark for being so courageous and bold on her behalf. "It meant so much to me that you would stand up for me," she said. "I love my dad, but I didn't want to spend my birthday being punished for being late. Thank you for taking the initiative to speak up. It gives me great security to know that I can count on you to protect me." Mark reaffirmed his love for Lisa and told her how important it was to him to protect her from emotional harm.

Mark set a great example for all of us in that he had the courage to confront in a firm but loving way.

How specifically might you begin increasing your protection of your spouse and children?

God, help me lovingly protect my spouse from harm when it is appropriate for me to do so.

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