Wednesday, 12 March 2014

The Colossians Marriage Test

Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness.  Colossians 3:15   The Message

In one of his seminars Paul Tripp made the comment that any passage in Scripture that helps us to know more about God, more about ourselves and/or more about surviving in this broken world is in fact a marriage passage.

Hidden in the wisdom contained in the book of Colossians is this gem that could make married life so much easier.  Perhaps it would help if we were to start with the end of the verse, i.e. “cultivate thankfulness”.  The more thankful we are for the husband / wife that God had given us the more joy filled will be our marriage.

It seems to be human nature, we gravitate to the negative.  And Satan likes nothing better than to see a Christian marriage go down in flames.  You will find that over time you will begin to dwell on the negatives.  As your mind goes down that well-worn path, a rut will form and according to some recent neurological findings it will be difficult for you to change your thinking.

Notice that it is the “peace of Christ” that enables you to “keep in tune” and “in step with” each other.  The peace of Christ is the indwelling Holy Spirit who has taken up residence in the lives of born again Christians.  It is Christ residing in you.

I like those two metaphor, i.e. in tune and in step with.  The phrase “in tune with” reminds me of why the choir has asked me not to try out.  When the choir is singing in the key of “F”, I’m usually singing in a key somewhere around “C”.  It sounds so much better when everyone is singing in the same key.  In step with reminds me of the year I spent in ROTC, an army training program for college students.  One or the other of us was usually out of step particularly during the first few weeks. It is interesting how just one person out of step can be seen by an Army Sargent a football field away.  Don’t ask me how I would know that.
When your marriage is harmonious, i.e. in tune it brings praise to God.  When you are in step with one another you are aligned in values, the important things of life.  This is much to be thankful for

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