Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Exhortation-Perils that Separate

Today, we continue our study in what the Bible says about husbands loving their wives. The Scripture says that a man shall leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife and the two shall become one flesh. This one flesh analogy refers back to the relationship of Christ and His Church.
In Romans, the Apostle tells us that nothing can separate from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. He then presents a long list of things that try to separate us. With even a small amount of creativity we can think of how these things relate to modern marriage in America. Have you let these things separate you from your wife? Tribulations, earthly trials and daily trouble. Distress, concern about loved ones, your job or sickness. Persecution, assaults from outside your marriage because of your faith in Christ. Famine, lean financial times. Nakedness, the result of poor decisions or even being exposed as having made huge mistakes or sins. Peril, a scary diagnosis of your future in health, work, prospects, family. Sword, things beyond your control in the government, taxes, elections, wars and rumors of war.
         And these are just the earthly powers. The rest of the passage talks about all kinds of spiritual forces that seek to separate us from the love of God. Husbands, there are many perils that can separate you from your wife. Have you let them?
         There is a dual need here. First repent for your lack of diligence in protecting this relationship as jealously as Christ protects the Church. Secondly, seek the power and the wisdom of the Spirit to keep that which God has entrusted to you.
         Single men and ladies, wives and children, you also must look at how God protects those relationship that are dear to Him not letting earthly or spiritual forces intervene. How, then, are your relationships? Seek Christ in them now.

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