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Monday, June 8, 2015

Today's Scripture

"Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib, and he brought her to the man. 'At last!' the man exclaimed. 'This one is bone from my bone, and flesh from my flesh! She will be called "woman," because she was taken from "man.”' This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one." (Genesis 2:22-24 NLT)

Thoughts for Today

In today's world, we hear many views about marriage. Let's go back to the beginning. How did marriage start?

It began when God created Eve to be Adam's wife. God is the creator of the marriage relationship, so to understand what that relationship should look like, we need to turn to the Scriptures. 
 
In Genesis 2:18, we read this: "Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him (NLT).” And so he created Eve, a woman, to be a companion "just right" for Adam.

Consider this …

These scriptures make it clear that God designed marriage to be heterosexual. A man and a woman. Homosexuality is not God's pattern for marriage and family relationships. The Bible makes that clear.
 

"Do not practice homosexuality, having sex with another man as with a woman. It is a detestable sin." (Leviticus 18:22 NLT)
 
Homosexual relationships are unnatural. They cause diseases. And worst of all, they dishonor God.
 
The marriage relationship is so important in God's eyes that he relates it to Christ and the Church. 
 
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. Read more: Ephesians 5:22-32.)

It is a "great mystery" to know that Christ and the Church can be one as can husband and wife. This great comparison of Christ and the Church to the marriage relationship shows nothing less than the sacredness of marriage.

Prayer

Father, thank you for the beauty of marriage as you designed it. Help us honor your sacred design.  In Jesus' name . . .

These thoughts were drawn from …



Committed Couples: God's Plan for Marriage & the Family
by Dr. Jimmy Ray Lee. Whether in a private or group setting, couples will be encouraged spiritually and romantically as they research biblical principles that affirm their vows. This book can help every married couple grow spiritually and emotionally in their relationship. It is also a great help for engaged-to-be-married couples.


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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Today's Scripture

"Give honor to marriage, and remain faithful to one another in marriage. God will surely judge people who are immoral and those who commit adultery." (Hebrews 13:4 NLT)

Thoughts for Today

Monogamy is God's design for marriage. It's been that way from the beginning—he gave Adam one wife. The Scriptures teach that any sexual activity outside marriage is a sin and will be judged. 

God designed marriage to be a beautiful part of our lives. He knows that straying into sexual activity outside that relationship will bring hurt and problems for us and for those close to us. It opens us to the possibility of sexually transmitted diseases. It creates emotional trauma—loss of trust, crushing hurt for the one betrayed, and maybe even the end of the marriage. And it destroys the holy bonding God intended for marriage.
 
Unfaithfulness can take many forms. The first thought, of course, is an extramarital affair. But pornography is an act of unfaithfulness as well—and extremely destructive. 

Consider this …

We are hearing disheartening statistics about unfaithfulness among Christian men and women. Many have extramarital affairs. And pornography has become a snare for both men and women. The Internet has made it all too accessible. Read this disturbing report:

 
Christian men are having an alarmingly difficult time abstaining from the sexual sins of viewing pornography and committing adultery on their spouses, according to a new national survey. Tragically, married Christian men are failing miserably when it comes to these sins, as 55 percent look at pornography at least once a month and 35 percent cheated on their spouses in an extramarital affair.
 
If your marriage has been touched by unfaithfulness, seriously consider Christian counseling. Don't give up hope. If you are the offender, seek God's forgiveness—and his help in turning from the sin. Seek your spouse's forgiveness but understand you will have to earn his or her trust back. If your spouse is the offender, you may have to show some tough love. Seek help from a Christian counselor—for both of you if possible but for you alone if your spouse won't go. 
 
Prayer

Father, help both my spouse and me to remain faithful to each other. If one of us ever strays, help us find our way back. In Jesus' name . . .
 

These thoughts were drawn from …



Committed Couples: God's Plan for Marriage & the Family
by Dr. Jimmy Ray Lee. Whether in a private or group setting, couples will be encouraged spiritually and romantically as they research biblical principles that affirm their vows. This book can help every married couple grow spiritually and emotionally in their relationship. It is also a great help for engaged-to-be-married couples.


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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Today's Scripture

"Since they are no longer two but one, let no one split apart what God has joined together.” (Words of Jesus in Matthew 19:6 NLT)

Thoughts for Today

God created the marriage relationship to be permanent. Too often today people enter marriage with a "we'll see how it works" attitude. At the first sign of trouble, they are ready to run their separate ways.

Two people living together are going to face challenges. They are not going to always agree. They are not going to always want the same thing. But that's not the time to run. That's the time to talk. To God. To each other. That's the time to build the kind of unity we discussed yesterday. That unity will help prevent Satan from driving a wedge in the marriage.

Consider this …

The Bible is filled with ways to make your marriage permanent. Here are just a few.

Be willing to forgive.
 
“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven." (Words of Jesus in Luke 6:37 NLT)
 
When you have forgiven, put the issue behind and move on.
 
No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead. (Philippians 3:13 NLT)
 
Settle differences quickly.
 
And “Don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry. (Ephesians 4:26 NLT)
 
Compliment each other regularly. Speak with kindness.
 
Gentle words are a tree of life. (Proverbs 15:4 NLT)
 
Love each other the way God loves us. 
 
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. (1 Corinthians 13:4-5 NLT)
 
Honor and respect each other.
 
Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. (Romans 12:10 NLT)
 
Guard your heart—your thoughts, your attitudes.
 
Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. (Proverbs 4:23 NLT)
 
Pray together.
 
Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. (James 5:16 NLT)
 
Keep Christ at the center of your marriage and home.
 
Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. (Proverbs 3:6 NLT)

Prayer

Father, help me to be the wife/husband you want me to be. In Jesus' name . . .
 

These thoughts were drawn from …



Committed Couples: God's Plan for Marriage & the Family
by Dr. Jimmy Ray Lee. Whether in a private or group setting, couples will be encouraged spiritually and romantically as they research biblical principles that affirm their vows. This book can help every married couple grow spiritually and emotionally in their relationship. It is also a great help for engaged-to-be-married couples.


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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Today's Scripture

“Haven’t you read the Scriptures?” Jesus replied. “They record that from the beginning ‘God made them male and female.’” And he said, “‘This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.’" (Matthew 19:4-5 NLT)

Thoughts for Today

God's design for marriage is for spiritual and physical unity.

Spiritual unity can come only from the joining of a man and woman who both belong to Christ. This forms a bond like no other. Both put Jesus first. Both look to the Bible for answers. Do they make mistakes? Of course. But they can seek God's forgiveness, seek their spouse's forgiveness, and move on. They can encourage and help each other in their Christian walk. Together they can pray for each other and their family.
 
This kind of unity is described in Ephesians 5:22-32. It is meant to model Christ and the Church.
 
As discussed yesterday, the physical unity in marriage is designed for marriage alone. Unfaithfulness destroys that unity. The physical part of marriage is always best when each of the marriage partners is more concerned about the other's pleasure. When it's an unselfish union.

Consider this …

As husband and wife, you will not always agree with each other, but if you are walking in unity, you will be able to discuss the issues and pray about them. To respect each other's opinions and together to submit to the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Ephesians 5:22-32 is a wonderful guide to help married couples develop the kind of unity God planned for marriage. Wives respecting their husbands and submitting to them as the Church submits to Christ. Husbands loving their wives as Christ loves the Church. Submitting to each other out of reverence for Christ. 

Prayer

Father, help us walk in unity in our marriage. Help us to respect each other and love each other through all life's challenges. In Jesus' name . . .
 

These thoughts were drawn from …



Committed Couples: God's Plan for Marriage & the Family
by Dr. Jimmy Ray Lee. Whether in a private or group setting, couples will be encouraged spiritually and romantically as they research biblical principles that affirm their vows. This book can help every married couple grow spiritually and emotionally in their relationship. It is also a great help for engaged-to-be-married couples.


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Friday, June 12, 2015

Today's Scripture

"God said, 'It’s not good for the Man to be alone; I’ll make him a helper, a companion.'" (Genesis 2:18 MSG)

Thoughts for Today

God designed marriage to be a wonderful thing. We've found these truths in the Scriptures this week:  

  • God created marriage. 
  • God designed marriage to be a relationship between a man and a woman. 
  • God designed marriage to be monogamous.
  • God's design for marriage is for physical and spiritual unity. 
  • God designed marriage to be permanent.
  • A husband and wife reflect Christ and the church.

Consider this …

Today's scripture reminds us that God's design for marriage helps deal with one of mankind's greatest needs—loneliness. A husband and wife become a team.

Are you and your spouse companions? Here's a better focus: what kind of companion are you for your spouse? Do you show an interest in his or her activities? Are you a good listener? Do you put your spouse's needs above your own? Do you spend quality time together? Are you your spouse's best friend?
 
Reflect on ways you can be a better companion. Ask God to help you . . . and then be creative!

Prayer

Father, I want to be a good companion for my spouse, and I know I fail in that sometimes. Please forgive me and help me do better. In Jesus' name . . .
 

These thoughts were drawn from …



Committed Couples: God's Plan for Marriage & the Family
by Dr. Jimmy Ray Lee. Whether in a private or group setting, couples will be encouraged spiritually and romantically as they research biblical principles that affirm their vows. This book can help every married couple grow spiritually and emotionally in their relationship. It is also a great help for engaged-to-be-married couples.


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