Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Just a Thought

In a culture of brokenness and disillusionment we as Christians need a continual reminder of the promises of Christ not simply to get over things but to grow through them. This is never more evident nor more critical than in working out the gospel in our marriages. They have been under attack and are one of the most strategic arenas for the evil one to make a mockery of the claims of Christ.

Our culture in general and the Christian church in particular are always looking for that key to finally address and help us have good relationships. Yet all too often they are fading efforts that further discourage and make us feel even more hopeless at times.

I have no new answers but only a renewed desire for those of us who claim Christ and are married to look again not to methodology for marriage relationships but first to the call of Christ on our lives. Our marriages are to be a metaphor of Christ's love and therefore a call to the holiness of Christ more than our own happiness.

For example, what is the application of the gospel to our marriages from II Peter 1:3 when he declares, "His divine power has granted us all things that pertain to life and godliness..."? How would that effect how we deal with each other if we truly believed this promise?

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