Friday, 8 February 2013

A Firm Foundation

46-47 “Why are you so polite with me, always saying ‘Yes, sir,’ and ‘That’s right, sir,’ but never doing a thing I tell you? These words I speak to you are not mere additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundation words, words to build a life on.

48-49 “If you work the words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who dug deep and laid the foundation of his house on bedrock. When the river burst its banks and crashed against the house, nothing could shake it; it was built to last. But if you just use my words in Bible studies and don’t work them into your life, you are like a dumb carpenter who built a house but skipped the foundation. When the swollen river came crashing in, it collapsed like a house of cards. It was a total loss.” Luke 6:46-49  The Message

Regardless of what Biblical translation you choose to use the bottom line is the same, i.e. you profess to be a Christian, you read the Word of God, and then live your life according to your own precepts.

31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1Corinthians 10:31 ESV

This tells me that my marriage should be conducted in a way that glorifies God.

15 and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. 2 Corinthians 2:15 ESV

This tells me that Christ died to compensate for my being so self-centered (and so are you).  News flash – that is why marriage is so difficult.  Two self-centered sinners come together with the expectation that the person they are going to marry will cater to their every whim.

IF I believe that each of the passages quoted is essentially God’s Word, it presents a quandary. There is no wiggle room.  God’s foundation words for marriage are to conduct ourselves as a married couple in a way that brings glory to God.  However self-centeredness will be at war within the members of my body. But because Christ died to sin on my behalf I have the help of the Holy Spirit to combat my sinful nature.

23 And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. Luke 9:23 ESV

IF I am the Christian I profess to be the way to a better marriage may be hard but it’s simple to understand.

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