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Feb 22, 2015

Relational Gardening:  Weeding and Sowing

Jeremiah 1:10


A Garden of Weeds . . .


A marriage unattended will become a marriage overcome by relational weeds. (Prov. 24:30-31)


Something Has to Change . . .


·         Change will never happen in your marriage until you uproot or tear down some old things and plant or build some new things. 


“For your marriage to be healthy you must have destructive and constructive zeal.”  Paul Tripp


The Principle of Sowing and Weeding . . .


The health and growth of your marriage is contingent upon how well you uproot weeds and sow seed.


Six Areas That Need Weeding and Sowing in Your Marriage . . .


1.    Weeding out selfishness, and sowing selflessness. (1 Corinthians 13:4-8a; 1 Peter 3:7)

2.    Weeding out busyness, and sowing margin.

3.    Weeding out inattentiveness, and sowing attentiveness. (Ephesians 5:28-29)

4.    Weeding out self-righteousness, and sowing humility.  (Ephesians 4:2-3; Philippians 2:3)

5.    Weeding out fear, and sowing peace.

6.    Weeding out laziness (passivity), and sowing initiative. (Prov. 20:4; 24:30-31)