Happy Valentines Day!
“Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil, or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. For whoever desires to love this life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking decei; let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of The Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayer. But the face of The Lord is against those who do evil.” 1 Peter 3:8-12
– Marriage is not primarily about you
– It is just as important to become the right person as it is to find the right person
– The myth of ‘The One’ is not biblical. The one you married is the one with whom you are to make a life…
-Marriage reflects to the world God’s promise to be with us and to redeem us
– Marriage is a covenant- a permanent promise- not a contract
– Marriage is more than a device to suit your own needs; it exists for a bigger purpose
– The ultimate purpose of marriage is to reflect God’s image
Ephesians 5:31 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. This mystery is profound, and I’m saying that it refers to Christ and the church”
‘Marriage is embedded in the culture as a gospel testimony that is always making statements. The only question is whether it’s a good statement or a bad one.’
“I didn’t marry you because you were perfect, I married you because you gave me a promise. That promise made up for your faults. And the promise I gave you made up for mine. Two imperfect people got married, and it was the promise that made the marriage. And when our children were growing up, it wasn’t a house that protected them; and it wasn’t our love that protected them; it was that promise.”
Thornton Wilder- The Skin of Our Teeth
God designed marriage to be a covenant, not a contract. What’s the difference? A contract is based on legalism and leverage…it lasts “as long as we both shall love”…calls for the signing of names.
A covenant is based on love and loyalty…lasts “as long as we both shall live”…and calls for the binding of hearts.
“I have no way of knowing whether or not you married the wrong person, but I do that many people have a lot of wrong ideas about marriage and what it takes to make that marriage happy and successful. I’ll be the first to admit that it’s possible that you did marry the wrong person. However, if you treat the wrong person like the right person, you could well end up having married the right person after all. On the other hand, if you marry the right person, and treat that person wrong, you certainly will have ended up marrying the wrong person. I also know that it is far more important to be the right kind of person, than it is to marry the right person. In short, whether you married the right or wrong person is primarily up to you.”
Zig Ziglar- Courtship after Marriage
(All excerpts, excluding the actual scripture, were taken from the Art of Marriage Manual.)
“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends..” Jesus- the author of love John 15:13
May You be faithful to complete it in us…