Mr & Mrs 366 Devotions For CouplesRob & Joanna Teigen
Brick by Brick
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
You don’t have to work in construction to be a builder. You can focus your days on building a career or education. A family or social life. A bank account or physical fitness. A reputation or sense of style. A hobby or vacation plans. In the busyness, it’s easy to forget God’s call to build each other up in your marriage.
Each encouraging word lays a brick in the foundation of your life together. Comforting words are a lifeline in grief. Affirming each other’s abilities gives courage to chase your dreams. Tenderness and “I love you’s” give relief from a harsh, critical world. Speaking God’s truth resists every attack of the evil one. Your words have the power to bring hope and help when your partner needs it the most.
Commit to building each other up through encouragement. Put away the wrecking ball of a critical, negative spirit. Let God’s love flow through your words to bring joy and strength to your home.
Lord, teach us to be faithful in encouraging one another. Open our eyes to see how we can build each other up. Thank you for the gift of marriage, letting us face life’s challenges together. Amen.