September 15, 2015

Messy Marriage

Colossians 3:1-17
From Messy Beautiful Love, by Darlene Schacht:

The path to separation is paved by selfish ambition and
pride, but when we move pride aside to make room for
love as God designed it to be, we see two hearts joining
together as one. His desire for us is that we might be one
in the bond of unity in the same way that we are one in
the union and fellowship of Christ. This is why “the two
shall become one flesh” (Mark 10:8 KNJV).

If we want marriage to reflect the relationship between
Jesus Christ and his church, and if we want to live in
unity, we must be filled with compassion, mercy, and
grace. We’ve been forgiven. Therefore, we have much
to forgive, including someone who doesn’t love us the
way that we then we should be loved.

Regardless of where you are in your marriage, whether
you are dealing with the messy or enjoying your first
steps together as husband and wife, be reminded that
both of you are on the same team. It’s not flesh and
blood that you wrestle against as you walk through the
fire. There’s a spiritual battle that will threaten to tear
you apart. Remember that “the trial of your faith, being much
more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it
be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and
glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:7 NKJV).