In front of all the guests, a woman screamed at her husband, broke down in tears and hid in a corner while her friends consoled her.The man yelled back, threatened to hit her, then stormed out of the building with his friends. It might shock you to learn that I’m describing the bride and groom.
Some couples, like the couple mentioned earlier, manage to kill their vine before it even takes hold.
In the end, a marriage will be judged not by the strength of its passion or by its ceremonial promises, but by the fruit it produces. But we must also take practical steps that will help our marriage reflect authentic devotion to each other and a true love for God and his values.
The wife blushed and the husband got teary eyed as he told the pastor, “When we got to the part that says, ‘My sin, oh the bliss of this glorious thought! after all these years we feel fresh and squeaky clean and new all over again.” Throughout the Bible, God’s relationship with Israel was tested over and over by Israel’s sin.
My sin not in part but the whole, is nailed to the cross and I bear it no more. The book of Jeremiah talks about the horrible result of that sin.
But we can do so in the joy of knowing that in Christ we can find forgiveness, restoration and a new start.
—Nancy Kennedy Let’s Talk • What are some things from the past that each of us is still struggling with? • How can we talk about those struggles in a way that builds up our marriage?They hadn’t become Christians until their later years, and, prior to that, they had both lived sexually immoral lives.Although they had been faithful to each other during their marriage, their past dips into immorality were now making them feel guilty for enjoying sex with each other.But in this vineyard, the Farmer doesn’t do all the work; you must also do your part.More and more Christian couples today are producing bad marital fruit, spoiling their relationship despite God the Farmer’s efforts.We can choose to forgive quickly and resist resentment.