Tuesday, March 7, 2017

A New Perspective: Part 7

“I do, til death do us part,” the covenant two make to become one. My husband says, “It’s the promise I’ll do you, and you do me.” But why is this commitment so important? Why not just pursue our own happiness if we “fall out of love?” It’s not about us, remember? The preamble to the Decalogue begins, “I AM the Lord…” This command requires us to fulfill our purpose as image bearers.

7.     18 “‘And you shall not commit adultery.

As I read this command tonight the chorus from a Jesus Culture song flooded my soul. “Your (referring to God) love never fails. It never gives up. It never runs out on me.” I can’t say it any better. We break this vow and we shatter the picture of God’s unfailing love. We make a mockery of His faithfulness. We declare “He can save me, but not my marriage.” Yikes, that’s a dangerous lie to believe.

“If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.” 2Timothy 2:13. We may cheat on our spouse and in so doing cheat God of His portrait of love for His people. We may run out on Him, but He never will leave us or forsake us. God never “falls out of love.”

This frees me to depend on Him. I can know no matter how much I screw up, He remains available to forgive me. He's willing to redeem my hell hot mess. Even the hellish mess my marriage may become, because if he can ransom a wretch like me from eternal damnation, He can fix a broken marriage.

Marriage matters to Him. This also frees me to lose “that lovin’ feeling” and no matter how far “it’s gone, gone, ooh gone,” I can still keep giving my spouse true love; kindness, gentleness, patience. I can do that for my man because that’s what God does daily for me.

Jesus fulfills this command the same way the Father does to Israel in the book of Hosea. He constantly retrieves His erring bride. Christ remains faithful to His bride, the church. He will present us without spot or wrinkle. What a glorious wedding that will be!

Thank You, Faithful Father,

 Thank you for your everlasting, unfailing love. Thank You that Your fidelity teaches us fidelity. My those of us who are married be faithful to our spouses as You have been faithful to us. Amen

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