I received a call the other day from a friend that locked themselves out of their house. I happened to have access to a spare key and I brought it to them.
I watched them go to the door, put the little key into the lock and open it. I couldn’t help but think about how interesting it is that such a tiny thing- a 2 inch key- can make all the difference.
Sure, you could force your way into the house, but then you end up with damage that will need to be fixed. Instead, my friend sat outside and waited for me to bring the key so that they could enter their home.
I thought about how marriage is similar. There are certain “keys” to a happy and strong marriage and without them, you really never enjoy all that “home” truly is.
I believe that one of the most important keys is one that I have touched on over and over, but I am going to go there again because if you are like me, you need constant reminders.
That key is humility.
Humility is the key that opens a closed heart. Being a giver instead of a taker. Doing things “their way” instead of your way.
I’m not talking about gritting your teeth and saying, “yes dear.” I’m talking about true humility. Truly esteeming others above ourselves.
HUMILITY Humility in the spiritual sense is an inwrought grace of the soul that allows one to think of himself no more highly than he ought to think (from The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary. Originally published by Moody Press of Chicago, Illinois. Copyright (c) 1988.)
Here’s what God’s powerful Words on the subject are:
Romans 12:10-11 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. NIV Prov 15:33 The fear of the LORD teaches a man wisdom, and humility comes before honor NIV Ps 25:9 He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way. NIV Col 3:12-13 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. NIV James 4:6 “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” NIV
I challenge you to use this key today and see what it opens in your marriage!!
Thank you for the prayers, I am doing better.