Marriage and Family Meditations XVII
Psalms 104:34 May my meditation be sweet to Him; I will be glad in the LORD.
Cornerstone Ministries Napa Valley
The Key to a Godly Marriage
Hi Family, and Friends,
In my last two emails to you, I tried to remind us all that, we are the church. We looked at some of the implications that being the Church (the body of Christ) should have on our lives. It has really been driven home to me more than ever how important our submission and obedience to Christ is.
Colossians 15 – 18 “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.”
As my Creator, God, and Savior, Jesus wants and deserves my complete faithfulness, and submission in love. Jesus Himself told us how important and significant submission to Him is. It is a true demonstration of whether or not we love Him.
Jhn 14:15 “If you love Me, keep My commandments”
Jhn 14:23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.
Jhn 14:24 “He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me.
So if we as the church, individually and collectively, love Jesus, and we are following and obeying Him, loving Him as we should, why do we have so many troubled and broken marriages among those who call themselves Christians?
It is because many are unwilling to obey what the bible teaches, or don’t even know what the bible teaches, about self sacrificial love and respect, about serving and ministering to one another, about confession of sins to one another, about forgiveness and reconciliation.
We see first hand that this is true because by the time most Christian couples come in for counseling they have stubbornly or ignorantly refused to do much of the above.
The truth is that these virtues work even for non-Christians, and the married people especially Christians who have learned and practiced these virtues stand out in this world that has gone crazy and lost all sense of fidelity and family relationships and responsibility.
So can you see, because it is so clear, … loving Jesus, and obeying His commands, by learning what the Bible teaches, and submitting to God’s word, by understanding and practicing His self sacrificial love we find the key to godly marriages.
Loving Submission To Jesus
This is the key that opens the door to godly marriages and protects us from failure.
The Lord bless and strengthen you and guide you in faithfulness In Jesus Vince