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Unlimited Mercy

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What specific steps can you take today to make your marriage relationship a rich supply of mercy for your spouse?

God . . . is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us. Ephesians 2:4

There can be no mercy "shortage" because God is rich in it. All our hurts, disappointments, and failures combined will never exhaust God's supply of mercy.

All too often the marriage "business" brings together two emotionally bankrupt partners who don't have much to give one another. Conse­quently, the two people begin a cycle of "taking" from one another, and that brings anger and disap­pointment to both people. This system of "taking" is often referred to as "codependency." This refers to two people, each overwhelmed with his or her own neediness, trying desperately to take from the other.

Teresa and I sometimes illustrate this marriage cycle this way: We have two cars at home, and my car is beginning to run low on gas. Instead of going and buying more gas, I siphon gas from Teresa's gas tank and put it into mine. The next day, Teresa notices she is running low on gas, so she does the same thing I'd done the day before: siphons gas from my car and puts it into hers. Guess what happens as this cycle continues over the next few days? Of course we both run out of gas.

This is what happens in the "taking marriage."

The only way Teresa and I can give one another the mercy each needs is to tap into God's unlimited supply. When we approach God seek­ing mercy, He gives to us out of His limitless supply. We are then free and empowered to shower those around us with His mercy.

Welcome to the kingdom, where God is the God of all comfort, where God is love, where God is rich in mercy.

What specific steps can you take today to make your marriage relationship a rich supply of mercy for your spouse?

Thanks, Father, for Your unlimited supply of mercy.

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