Day 11 - Marriage

WHAT’S GOD’S HEART FOR FAMILIES?

GENESIS 2:24: “…a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife and the two will become one flesh”.

EPHESIANS 5:21-22; 33: “…and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ.”

After presiding over a wedding that joined the bride’s parents with the ranks of empty nesters, I spoke with the father of the bride in the parking lot. He looked at me and asked, “What do we do now? My wife and I have nothing in common beyond our kids.”

I was at a loss. As I reflected on the five years that I had known the family I realized that the only interests they shared were attending church functions and rooting for the Seattle Mariners baseball team.

It is hard to say why people drift apart, but a clue may be in how we see our union in the first place. When a man and a woman enter into marriage, they are entering into a new reality: becoming a single divinely created entity with another person where Jesus Christ is the bonding agent. Just as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are three-in-one, so also are husband, wife, and Lord three-in-one. They are still individuals in all their diversity, but they are now to live and act as one flesh. A person never hated their own flesh, but rather treated it with love. As you are one with your spouse, love them as your own flesh. Do all you are able to maintain the bond of peace with them and to have a collective attitude of thankfulness towards Jesus Christ.

REFLECTION:

1. In what ways can I grow in compassion with my spouse, hurting when they hurt and rejoicing when they rejoice?

2. How can your congregation show further support of married couples in your faith-family?

3. Pray to know what’s God’s heart for how the Church in your city can care for married couples around you?

Steve Whelan Monroe, WA.

PLEASE SHARE WHAT GOD IS REVEALING TO YOU BELOW! REMEMBER TO SAY WHAT CITY YOU ARE FROM!

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