Sunday, January 3, 2016


The Story of Marriage

(Ephesians 5:21)

NIV “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ”

MSG “Out of respect for Christ, be courteously reverent to one another”

AMP “….being subject to one another out of reverence for Christ”

Words to note: Submit, Reverence, Respect, Subject, One Another

The Story of Marriage is an amazing journey we all experience. We all have a mother and father and somehow the story of marriage has impacted our lives. If you are single, single again, married once, twice or three times. If you are in a blended home, broken home or no home at all, the Story of Marriage impacts you, each and every day.

(Genesis 1:26-28)

NIV "Then God said, Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground. So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created THEM; male and female he created THEM. God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it...."

God created marriage as the first official institution where he would dwell among his people, sharing himself and the entire world, without shame, pain, hate, anger, rage or loneliness. From the beginning of human history, even for those who don't believe in God and the Bible, marriage has been the fundamental and foundational building block of every sing society, period. If you believe in good and evil, you can also observe that evil and deception has attempted to penetrate the armor of this loving union called marriage. 

Now, in the year 2016, as an American society, we are not even sure we need marriage. Is that because it has worked remarkably, no, it's because marriage has been attacked over and over, until it has begun to fold under the pressure. God still uses marriage, invests in marriage and blesses marriage, but we need to restore our faith in what God and all of human history has proven to be the best and most fulfilling, and longest lasting, institution known to man. 

God provided a way for Adam and Even to be redeemed and continues to redeem us all, if we obey and walk in his love. He wants to restore the “blessing” upon our marriage and family. This is more than being happy or rich or comfortable. This is a restoration back to his original intention for the marriage relationship. Through this blessing of living in obedience, we can live in God's image, and enjoy great joy, communication, sex, intimacy, love, hope, laughter, trust and power. 

My Action Steps

Remember the words at the beginning of the post. 

Words to note: Submit, Reverence, Respect, Subject, One Another

The secret to learning the power of what God originally planned for married couples and families can be found in the practical application of these words. 

Motivated by a reverence for Christ, which means I must get my self right with Christ, we submit, respect and be subject to one another as an act of love. 

There is nothing like this experience, nothing. Nothing like walking with a spouse in the form of blessing this scripture speaks of, with two people willingly and joyfully subject themselves to the needs and passions of each other, out of love for Christ!!!

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