Santa Paula Church of Christ
Santa Paula Church of Christ (SPCC)
Happily Ever After?
Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, . . . rather it should be that of your inner self (heart). — 1 Peter 3:3-4
Today's Scripture [Sunday’s sermon]: 1 Peter 3:1-6, 7
Despite what we’ve heard in countless fairy tales, there’s no guarantee that people who get married will live happily ever after. Things go wrong—sometimes terribly wrong. Even with the best of intentions, we may find ourselves in a house full of resentment, hostility, unrest, and misery. There is no heartache quite like the heartache of an unhappy marriage.
Yet, a difficult marriage can be the setting in which God can deal with “the hidden person of the heart” (1 Peter 3:4). Instead of focusing only on what is wrong with our partner, we need to open our heart to the Lord and ask Him to confront the evil in us. He will begin to do so—gently, gradually, graciously. We will begin to see ourselves as we are—and not as the thoughtful, patient, polite, gracious, giving, and self-controlled person we had imagined ourselves to be. We will come to see how much we ourselves need the Savior’s forgiveness and the Spirit’s help to do what is right and loving (vv.1-12), even when we have been wronged.
Our growth in grace may change our spouse, or it may not. There are no guarantees in life except God’s love. But with His help, we can change. Although all our marriage ills may not be cured, God’s grace can make us well.
Reflect & Pray
"For better or for worse," we pledge,
Through sickness and in health;
And by the help and grace of God
We'll keep these vows for life. —D. De Haan
Success in marriage is not finding the right person but becoming the right person. [That principle applies to us all.] (The above devotional comes from The Daily Bread “Happily Ever After”).
Worship services are scheduled for 9:00 AM (Spanish) and 10:45 AM (English). We are still meeting outside in the courtyard at 276 W. Santa Paula Street. We have a 6:30 PM, Wednesday Zoom class to discuss the prior week’s sermon. If interested call us at for the meeting ID and password (805) 525-3645. Or you can always call email at email@example.com. Stay safe. www.santapaulachurchofchrist.com.
Dr. Robert Perez, Minister