Through the years, it has been one of my greatest honors to baptize entire families at our Super Summer Baptism Celebrations. It’s not uncommon to see three and four generations of one family in the water all being baptized together! I can’t think of anything better than to see families restored by the grace of God! This was the case for the Philippian jailer that asked his prisoners, Paul and Silas, how to be saved in Acts 16.
The current of our culture has sent the honor of marriage adrift. Either so disappointed by failed marriages, broken promises or abandonment, a generation has lost hope in the ideal of marriage or simply left commitment at the altar. How do we restore honor in marriage, regarding it as something of great value, esteemed worthy and precious, an intimacy that is actually attainable with the help of God?
The current of our culture has sent the honor of marriage adrift. Either so disappointed by failed marriages, broken promises and abandonment, a generation has lost hope in the ideal of marriage or simply left commitment at the altar.
Much of our culture would challenge the command to “honor” marriage today. It wasn’t that different in Biblical times either. That’s why, in his closing comments, the writer of Hebrews encourages Christ followers to “give honor to marriage….”
I grew up hearing, “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.” It’s true of human nature too. Twice, in Proverbs, the Bible speaks about a person at the table with food in front of him, but he won’t eat! Why? Is he sick? Is he just not hungry? Does he not like the meal? No. “He is too lazy!”
Imagine leading a few million former slaves through a barren, desert wilderness with the promise of a new land that was lush and fertile, a land of milk and honey. Before they could enter the promised land, they had to go through the wilderness. That’s a metaphor to me of marriage.
I have a list of Biblical heroes, great men and women of God that were used mightily to change history, save nations, and live courageously. We could all name off a list of other great heroes like Abraham, Moses, Joshua, David, Esther, Peter, Paul and Mary – just to mention a few! Among these giants of the faith, I’m particularly impressed with a married couple, Aquila and Priscilla.
Every couple wants a perfect marriage. The truth is that this is a recipe for frustration. Why? Because you didn’t marry a perfect person, and you’re not so hot yourself! It’s really not about perfection but purpose. It’s about fulfilling God’s purpose in your marriage.
“The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. He then brought them out and asked, ‘Sirs, what must I do to be saved?’ They replied, ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.’ Then they spoke the word […]
Liberating Truths About the Ten Commandments Yesterday, we looked at the first three ways to overcome the lure of lust and protect your marriage. Here are three more: 4. Guard your mind against the progression of lust. What is the progression of lust? It begins with someone getting our attention. […]