I told my wife,Amy, that I wanted to write about Marriage A Work In Progress. She jokingly said, “Honey, could you pick another topic. With these darn sinus headaches I’ve been having everyday, I just don’t have it in me to be tested in our marriage this week.” I laughed and said, “I get it!” What many of you may not know is that pastors and their families get tested first hand on the messages or sermons that they share. This seems to happen to Amy and I with each blog post I write. If I’m writing about your faith being tested, our faith is tested. If I’m writing about anger, we find ourselves getting really angry over stuff. If I’m writing about being crisis-centered, we are faced with a crisis. So when Amy asked me if I could pick another topic I completely understood where she was coming from! Who wants to get a tested in the area of marriage? Not us! Well, I held off a week and Amy’s headaches have improved so we are going for it and are prayed up that we’ll be ready for whatever tests may come our way.
I actually wrote a post a year ago on marriage titled Marriage A Promise A Commitment. This post continually shows up on my top five list, week after week, month after month. Why? I believe it’s because marriages are being challenged more and more and people are searching for answers and solutions that will strengthen and mend the bond of marriage.
Well, since the constitution of marriage originated with God, shouldn’t we seek God’s counsel regarding marriage? Genesis 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. Marriage was never intended to be governed by man, but by God almighty Himself. Man in all his efforts, without God, has failed to provide what only God Himself can give concerning marriage, sacrificial love. Husbands and wives need to stop thinking about what they want and, instead, their focus should be on what it takes to complement each other in all their unique differences. The Bible calls it becoming one flesh, meaning you become like minded, esteeming the other more then yourself.