That's the reason you're here anyway, right?
Since accepting my call into ministry, I've wanted to step my study game up. God sent me to the Gospel of Matthew. I got to Chapter 4 and read verses 1-11 and got caught up.
The Temptation of JESUS
8) Again, the devil took him up into an exceeding high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of
the world, and the glory of them;
9) And said to him, all these things will I give thee, if you will fall down and worship me.
10) Then said Jesus to him, get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, you will worship the Lord thy God, and him only shall you serve.
Often times, particularly in relationships, we are tempted by what seems to be better than what we have. The scripture is an example. JESUS was on a 40 day fast and here comes Satan tempting Him to eat. He went as far as offering Christ the world, if he would worship him. He offered Christ something that didn’t even belong to him. What a manipulator? Right? Jesus rebuked him and sent him away. He defeated TEMPTATION.
So… let’s say… you’re hungry for something that you’re missing in your relationship and here comes someone saying, “all these things will I give thee. “ But is the grass greener on the other side? It could be greener because of a lot of fertilization (manure) from lies, baggage, and abuse or use of someone else’s water (another woman/man). It could just be sod. You know the fake grass they lay out over the dirt, easily up-rooted. Be careful of the foundation on which you build relationships.
You may have heard about this on Tyler Perry's "Why Did I Get Married?"
In most relationships, you get 80% of what you want/need in your mate. Nobody's perfect right? But 80% is a large portion... but as human beings we are just never satisfied so we want it all. So, here comes "Satan" offering you the 20% that you are not getting (money, car, house, clothes, trips, and/or sex....) Now, you think the grass is greener, so you leave a full 80% for a measly 20%. Now, you're stuck with this 20% and missing Mr./Mrs. 80% (Loyal, faithful, gentle, caring, loving, hard working, God-fearing....) Be careful with this.
Sometimes it is worth the fight to just water your own grass. That way, you know the history of your grass and you can be proud of its growth because you put in the work to grow it. My generation believes that everything is disposable yet, we throw away valuables just to invest in trash. I’m just saying. The things that make the world beautiful take both, sunshine (good times) and rain (challenging times) to grow.
Relationships can be challenging. You have two different personalities, upbringings, different moods, and even different views on certain things coming together to be ONE. That is hard work… constant work. Antonio and I make this thing look easy but we try to keep a clear and open line of communication and talk about things that concern us. We even had to learn when to agree to disagree. Either way, RESPECTFUL communication is key!