30 days of encouragement for marriages started this week!
If you missed any of the the posts so far, you can find them all here.
You can also click on A Gospel Marriage Moment in the sidebar at anytime to find all recent posts. Below is an introduction to the series. I hope you find encouragement here!
Marriage is beautiful. Marriage is hard. The irony of this relationship is incredibly difficult to understand. How is it that something so pure, lovely and exciting on your wedding day can turn into something so challenging and frustrating days, months and years later? Most couples overlook or forget two fundamental truths.
One, we fail to realize our spouse is a sinner – and so are we.
Two, we fail to realize that God loves us in the midst of it all.
I have hesitated to write on such a weighty topic. Many have provided far better insight. I am not an expert in marriage, that’s not where this comes from. Rather, this comes from a place of failure. Failure to get my marriage “right.” Failure to see my own sin. Failure to admit my weaknesses. Failure to confess I’m not perfect. Failure to own my own struggles. You see, failure is probably the only thing we need to get right.
This series of brief gospel marriage moments is not meant to provide anything other than a gospel perspective on marriage and the struggles we all have. It is not a feel-good light-hearted attempt to make you feel better about the good job you’re doing in your marriage. It is an honest gospel-centered assessment based on the truth that you are a great sinner, but God is a great Savior. It is not comprehensive nor conclusive. These words cannot replace a need for prayer, counseling or intervention. It does not speak to the issue of abuse in marriages. If you and/or your children are in an abusive situation, do not stay. Seek help from a friend, pastor or law enforcement authorities in your area.
Here is the spectacular good news about your marriage. The pressure is off, for both of you. God loves you not because you always get it right, but because Jesus got it right for you. In the midst of your worry, anxiety and fear, God comes for you to free you from being shackled in that prison.
"The Spirit of the LORD is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free.” Luke 4:18