Restored and Redeemed

Has your marriage been restored? Restored & Redeemed is a devotional for those in a restored marriage.

Healing From the Past

I was going through some old records and found an article by Dennis Wingfield, our former board member and author of many wonderful Standing Firm Men’s Devotionals. Dennis was a dear friend to my parents. Next week it will be one year since Dennis’ sudden death.

I knew I had to share this article when I found it. Dennis knew what it was like to stand and be faithful to his marriage vows. He also knew what it was like to walk the journey in a restored marriage, similar to what you may be going through today.

When a restored marriage has a false start, we usually hear from someone who says, “I stopped praying for my spouse. I stopped showing love and respect. I got comfortable.” I hope that the words from Dennis will encourage you to trust the healing the Lord will bring to your marriage.

There is always a reason to hope!

Continue investing in your marriage. Work on forgiveness. Trust that the same God who heals and restores in the pages of the Bible can bring total healing and restoration to your marriage.

~ Lori

“I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten— the great locust and the young locust, the other locusts and the locust swarm — my great army that I sent among you.” Joel 2:25

Separation and divorce from a one-flesh mate are much like the famine the Israelites experienced. You have known years of struggle and lack, grief and despair, and frustration and pain. God promised the Israelites to restore every one of those years. The disobedience of your spouse doesn’t break the covenant God made between the two of you on your wedding day. The years of famine you endured are a sign of God’s ongoing fidelity to His covenant with you.

“Come, let us return to the Lord. He has torn us to pieces    but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds.” Hosea 6:1 

Turn to the God who heals today. Turn to the God who restores. God’s deepest desire is for you and your spouse to live in His will. Seek the God who heals and restores. He is still redeeming and restoring all that the locusts have eaten. Acknowledge God as Lord over your marriage, giving Him thanks and praise for His saving work.

The marriage covenant represents Christ’s love for His bride, the church. His love for His bride is forever. Just as our marriage bond between a husband and wife is unbreakable. Christ will never stop loving His bride and so it should be with our marriages. That is why marriage should be forever.

Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord.  For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. Ephesians 5:21-27

The passage above shows us how husbands and wives are to submit to each other out of reverence for Christ. This is the foundation of a healthy Christian marriage. Submit your marriage to Christ, obey your vows and reap the harvest of a restored marriage. The church desperately needs men and women who will stand on the Word of God for the healing of their marriages. I stood for my marriage, and God graciously blessed us with a restored marriage.

God bless,

 Dennis Wingfield

 

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