Living Free - May 12, 2008

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Today's Scripture
”Jesus answered, ‘Don't you know that in the beginning the Creator made a man and a woman? That's why a man leaves his father and mother and gets married. He becomes like one person with his wife. Then they are no longer two people, but one. And no one should separate a couple that God has joined together.’” Matthew 19:4-6 CEV

Thoughts for Today
Many people fear commitment, but can a relationship survive without it?

Marriage is a commitment. A commitment to each other. To love each other no matter what. To be there for each other no matter what.

Some people equate this kind of commitment with a loss of freedom, but a marriage commitment based on God’s principles can actually be a step into freedom. Freedom in knowing that you and your spouse are there for each other from now on. Freedom in knowing that you are entering into a process of building your lives together.

Some worry about losing their identity. In truth, our real identity is in Christ. When we commit our life to him, we become his child and heir to all that God has. And we become free to grow and to use our God-given gifts. Commitment to a marriage partner further expands our horizons as we encourage and support each other to develop and use our gifts. To discover God’s purpose for our lives and to accomplish that purpose—together.

Consider this…
Many people today see commitment as a bad thing, something to be avoided at all cost. But a meaningful relationship can be formed only when both parties are willing to commit to it. And by giving their best, they can both find new freedom in that relationship.

Prayer…
Father, I thank you for my spouse. Help us to remain fully committed to our relationship no matter what—a commitment to base our marriage on your principles and a commitment to each other. Help us to demonstrate your love … forgiveness … and grace to each other. And as we do all this, help us to experience the freedom to discover your purpose for our lives and to accomplish that purpose—together. 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. It 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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