As always I thank God for this man and his ministry and for the insights and talent of expression he was given. Had I but heard and heeded sooner… perhaps… perhaps not. It is not as though God had not placed others in my life to prompt me to see that I refused to see.
“Sarah doesn’t cause me to be the way I am. She -reveals- the way I am. Therefore if my response is unloving it reveals an unresolved sin problem within me that can’t be blamed on her; and Sarah’s response is her responsibility, so if she response in a way that’s disrespectful, that’s her issue.
Think of it this way. A speck of sand in the human eye first causes irritation, right? And if not cared for, infection and if still not cared for, loss of vision. Now that same speck of sand in an oyster causes irritation then concretion and then produces what?… a pearl. Now, did the sand cause the eye to lose vision? Did the sand cause the oyster to produce a perl? No, the sand is an irritant that reveals the inner properties of the human eye. The sand is an irritant that reveals the inner properties of the oyster.
On the marital bus ride, your spouse is an irritant.… . They’re irritating you, but they’re revealing your inner properties. It’s as simple as that.
The sun in the sky melts the butter but it hardens the clay. How does the sun know to harden the clay and melt the butter. It doesn’t. The sun is a heat that is revealing the inner properties of the the butter, revealing the inner properties of the clay. The trials that Jesus went through; Did they cause Him to be the Son of God or did they -reveal- Him to be the Son of God.
The trials you and I are going through reveal who we are.” ~ Dr. Emerson Eggerichs