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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

United to become One heart with Christ, not separate

Thought for the Day: "Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh." (Genesis 2: 24)

"Then I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them, and take the stony heart out of their flesh and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in My statutes and keep My judgments and do them; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God." (Ezekiel 11: 19-20)

A man and woman marry. They are united, joined together in Holy Matrimony, under God.
Joined ... to become One.
Not joined to become separated, to do their own thing, to want things their way and theirs alone.
But joined to become one, complete unit, with Christ at the center.

How do you help someone keep their marriage together? How far, how much do you intercede?

One-half of the couple knows it takes two to fail. Unfortunately, both halves need to know this. A marriage that is struggling is not about one person being right and the other person being wrong. There is a give-and-take.

Each person has their individual views... his and hers. But what about God's view. Do we consider Him in all we do or don't do. Do we reach out to Him, do we seek help together from Him, through Him, do we strive to be obedient to His commands, to live our lives together as He suggests, prefers, desires?

Where are our hearts leading us ... toward each other or bent elsewhere? Both want, desire, but is it each other?

God is all, everything we will ever need. Where do you think you are when you have forgotten the very One who saved you? Where do you go for refuge? Do you leave what you have and go elsewhere - perhaps to mom or dad or to another who will comfort you, bring you the solace and answers you believe you deserve.

Who will read these words? Who will take them to heart and cling to or return to God's truths, God's promises?

I struggle in my abilities to render aid to another. I find myself at a loss. A relationship can not be saved by a person outside the relationship. Only when the two who are married to each other are willing to work together is there hope for reconciliation. Both have to want a life together and for it to be better. God must be at the center, looking to Him, reading His word, Bible study, praying, fellowshipping among His people.

But to risk your future together for immediate satisfaction from any other source will result in a doomed marriage.

All of us struggle and sad to say, not all listen to God's still small voice, but instead, to their own inner thoughts. They strive to find another who will agree with their thoughts and beliefs and never hear God's words of wisdom, never listening, never waiting.

I Corinthians 13 tells us Love is patient. Love is kind. Love is not envious. Love does not behave rudely. Love is not provoked. Love thinks no evil. Love does not rejoice in wrongdoings. Love bears all things. Love believes all things. Love hopes all things. Love endures all things.

How patient are we with one another? How kind do we act? How much do we endure?
Are we truly united? Are we truly of one mind, one heart?

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