‘…What…God has joined together…’ Matthew 19:6 NKJV
The biggest problem in marriage is selfishness. When you’ve spent your life doing things your own way, it’s hard to give up that right and defer to another person. Some days you will do it well, other days poorly, and other days not at all. Paul Tripp writes, ‘When we live for the kingdom of self, our decisions, thoughts, plans, actions and words are directed by personal desire, [and] we seek to surround ourselves with people who will serve our kingdom purposes.’
The trouble is, as Lynn Roush points out: ‘A marriage of two people serving their own kingdoms will eventually end in bloody battle. But when both people submit to God’s Kingdom where Christ reigns and where joy and life are found, marriage becomes an opportunity to exit the small space of the kingdom of self and begin to enjoy the beauty and benefits of the Kingdom of God… Our greatest marital problem is ourselves. We will always rise to our own defence, and be tempted to blame others while believing the best about ourselves. Not surprisingly, God uses marriage to reveal the sin of self-righteousness. A marriage can be transformed when just one person sees this sin and humbly confesses ways they have damaged the relationship.’ It’s only when two people give up their own kingdom and join together as one in living out the principles of God’s kingdom that peace, harmony, love and joy can be found.
You say, ‘I didn’t know marriage would be so hard.’ God designed it that way for the purpose of aligning both your hearts with His Kingdom-and rescuing you from your own.
SoulFood: 2 Kings 1:1-4:17, Matt 20:1-16, Ps 106:24-48, Pro 7:3-5
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