Living Free Every Day®
A ministry of LivingFree.org
Friday, March 22, 2013
"As the Scriptures say, 'A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.' This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one." Ephesians 5:31-32 NLT
Thoughts for Today
In Ephesians 5:22-33 we see the apostle Paul presenting Christ and the Church as a pattern for marriage. God shows the importance and high standing of marriage by using Christ and the Church as a pattern to follow.
Consider this ….
Marriage according to God's plan is a union of unconditional love, forgiveness, and service to each other . . . all leading to intimacy. The partners continually draw closer to each other. They know each other. They are truly "one flesh." There is no hidden agenda—they can share openly with each other about everything.
Lord, help us to grow in unconditional love, forgiveness, and service to each other. Help us find the kind of intimacy you planned for marriage. And help us lead our children according to your plan. In Jesus' name . . .
These thoughts were drawn from …
Understanding the Times and Knowing What to Do by Dr. Jimmy Ray Lee. This book offers biblical strategies for ministry to our family and friends. Contemporary issues and needs faced by society are addressed with biblical principles that are timeless. Ideal for small group leaders and Sunday school teachers who want a better understanding of ministry in an addictive culture.
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