Resetting Promises

Tom Wilson
May 12, 2019
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We’ve grown up hearing the phrase, “opposites attract”. If you are in a marriage, in a relationship or single, this may or may not be true for you. Regardless, we all come into relationships with differences. Different personalities, different backgrounds, different dreams. While Satan would like to use those differences to divide us, God wants to use those differences to strengthen our relationship(s).
Read Matthew 19:5. When we marry, inevitably this beautiful verse is read at the wedding: “And the man shall leave his father and mother, and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” We all smile and gush, because now we are one flesh.
Before we are married, we only have ourselves to worry about. We don’t have to consider another’s feelings; we make decisions with our own happiness in mind. I am the focus of my life … right? Then we enter into a covenant commitment before God. So what does “becoming one flesh” really mean? How can we have the marriage God wants us to have?
Read Ephesians 5:21-22. Keep in mind here that when Paul talks about marriage, he actually starts with submitting to one another … that’s mutual submission. Who do you look up to as a good role model for marriage? How did Christ submit himself and how does his example of living a surrendered and submissive life translate to our marriage?
Grace is such an important part of marriage. We are two different, imperfect people that need to remember to have grace for one another. We are going to make mistakes. We are going to say hurtful things. We simply aren’t always going to get it right. Don’t let these mistakes separate you. God has the power to bring two people back into a love filled marriage so keep your eyes on Him in all things.
So, this week strive to follow the example of Jesus. Submit to him and also to your spouse. Start each day with grace and keep your eyes on Christ.
Father, we come before you and thank you for all you have done and continue to do in our lives and marriage. We pray for grace and a stronger bond of unity in our marriage covenant. Give us the wisdom to continuously build a healthy spiritual life and marriage with you at the center. In Jesus’ name, Amen!