Tear It Out, Day 7


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One thing I like about Christmas is watching people open presents. As an adult, I find such joy in picking out gifts for people and enjoying the moment they tear through the paper and find something they really wanted underneath and within.

Ecclesiastes 3 says there’s a time for everything, including a time to tear down. What could you possibly want to tear down in your marriage?

As I think about gift wrap, we don’t really enjoy the gift if it stays in the wrapping. Sometimes we let certain things wrap us up – fear, anxiety, worry, shame, etc.  Fear and anxiety is a powerful wrapping that the Devil can use to keep your marriage from growing and keep you stagnant. Once you tear through the “wrapping” though, you can toss aside the paper. Similarly, you tear through the “wrapping” and toss aside fear.

1 Peter 5:7 says, “Cast” a.k.a. toss “all your anxiety on Him” (Jesus Christ) “because He cares for you.”

We all have fears and worries and concerns. Our fears shouldn’t overwhelm and paralyze us and wrap us beneath so many layers. Breaking through the wrapping may not happen overnight, but keep chipping away, a little tear at a time. Merriam Webster Dictionary defines tear as “to remove by force.” God cares for you. Don’t forget that! He cares for you. He wants to take your anxieties away. He wants to tear through your fears. Let Him.

The Message version of 1 John 4:18 says, “There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful life—fear of death, fear of judgment—is one not yet fully formed in love.

Don’t let fear cripple you and wrap your love and your marriage. Fear keeps us from trying. Fear keeps us from living. Fear will cause your marriage a slow death. Protect your marriage by tearing out things that are tearing you down. Let go of your fears, cast your anxieties on Christ, and tear off those things that are holding you back from a great marriage!


This is Day 7 of the 30 Dates in November Challenge 2016. Sign up here. Join us on the forums for the challenge of the day and participate in a supportive community.


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