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Our Daily Bread Devotional August 15 2022 | The Marriage Metaphor

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Our Daily Bread Devotional August 15 2022
Our Daily Bread Devotional August 15 2022 || ODB Devotional Message For Today

Our Daily Bread Devotional August 15 2022 || ODB Devotional Message Today

READ MONDAY ODB DEVOTIONAL, OUR DAILY BREAD 15TH AUGUST 2022 WRITTEN BY SHERIDAN VOYSEY (OUR DAILY BREAD MINISTRIES)

TOPIC: The Marriage Metaphor

KEY VERSE: Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Ephesians 4:2

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 4:2–13

BIBLE IN A YEAR: Psalms 91–93; Romans 15:1–13

Our Daily Bread Devotional August 15 2022 || ODB Devotional Message INSIGHT

In Ephesians 4:2, the apostle Paul urged believers in Jesus to “be completely humble and gentle.” He spoke about gentleness in his other letters as well. He was the founding pastor of the church at Corinth (Acts 18:1–11), yet soon after he left, the believers rejected him as a true apostle. Instead of coming down hard on them, however, he appealed to them “by the humility and gentleness of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:1). In his letter to another church, Paul urged two feuding sisters to reconcile and asked that their “gentleness be evident to all” (Philippians 4:5). The Scriptures show us that we’re to be kind, gracious, respectful, and gentle to everyone.

Our Daily Bread Devotional August 15 2022 || ODB Devotional MESSAGE

After twenty-two years together, I sometimes wonder how my marriage to Merryn works. I’m a writer; Merryn is a statistician. I work with words; she works with numbers. I want beauty; she wants function. We come from different worlds.

Merryn arrives to appointments early; I’m occasionally late. I try new things on the menu; she orders the same. After twenty minutes at an art gallery, I’m just getting started, while Merryn is already in the cafe downstairs wondering how much longer I’ll be. We give each other many opportunities to learn patience!

We do have things in common—a shared sense of humor, a love of travel, and a common faith that helps us pray through options and compromise as needed. With this shared base, our differences even work to our advantage. Merryn has helped me learn to relax, while I’ve helped her grow in discipline. Working with our differences has made us better people.

Paul uses marriage as a metaphor for the church (Ephesians 5:21–33), and with good reason. Like marriage, church brings very different people together, requiring them to develop humility and patience and to “[bear] with one another in love” (4:2). And, as in marriage, a shared base of faith and mutual service helps a church become unified and mature (vv. 11–13).

Differences in relationships can cause great frustration—in the church and in marriage. But managed well, they can help us become more Christlike.

Our Daily Bread Devotional August 15 2022 || ODB Devotional Message Today

REFLECT: How have differences between you and those close to you helped you both to grow? How can differences between church members help to develop godliness?

PRAY: Heavenly Father, please use our differences to help us mature.

Our Daily Bread Devotional August 15 2022 || ODB Today Message . Our Daily Bread Ministries (ODB) is a Christian organization founded by Dr. Martin De Haan in 1938. It is based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with over 600 employees. It produces several devotional publications, including Our Daily Bread. our daily bread booklet.

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