Ancient Words for a new day. Word #3

February 12, 2009 at 9:01 pm Leave a comment

Lake Brantley State Park.  North of Carlsbad, New Mexico

Stayed a couple of nights at Palo Duro State Park south of Amarillo, Texas arriving here in New Mexico Wednesday afternoon.  We came this way because we wanted to see some of our Convergence students who live in the El Paso, Texas area.  We will spend the weekend with them, perhaps we will even be able to go into Juarez, Mexico to church.

Started a devotional series a few days back that flowed out of a Bible study with a few of the guys.  Hebrews 13 is full of good Words that speak well into the new day, I believe we are living in.  Here is Word #3

Give honor to marriage, and remain faithful to one another in marriage.  God will surely judge people who are immoral and those who commit adultery. (13:4)  Jesus said, Do not commit adultery.  But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust in his eye has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

I am not going to spend a whole lot of time on the negatives of these verses.  We all know the devastation, some better than others, adultery brings to families and circles of relationships.  But we are all guilty.

There is no better way to live out the example of Jesus faithfulness to His Bride than to honor marriage.  For whatever reason, even those who are “faithful” in their marriage do not always give it the honor it demands.  Lots of people are married, are even faithful in the strict sense of the word, but do not honor their marriage.  I see very few marriages where both individuals are connected at the heart level and are moving along together in joy and love. 

Personally, my marriage has been rocked but we are more together then most of the people we know, of our generation, who have not gone through what we have.  Why is that?  Could it be they do not honor their marriage?   Sometimes, though I sure don’t encourage it, a marriage needs a little shaking in order to see how important it is to not only remain faithful in their marriage, but to give it honor.

I know many men who are better friends with other men than they are with their wife.  Women who would rather do things with other women than with their husband.  They may be “faithful” strictly speaking but is it honor?  I know many couples who have never committed adultery but are so angry with each other, they rarely speak.  Couples who honor the marriage bed but dishonor every other part.

Did you notice this phrase in v.4? ..remain faithful to one another in marriage. If the writer had intended to speak solely of honoring our own marriage, he could have written it this way; remain faithful to each other in marriage.  Instead the writer chooses to write one another.  Our group agreed the injunction was to honor marriage in a more global way.  This I think is why this is an old word for a new day.

Protecting ones own marriage relationship is critical of course, and bringing honor to our personal marriage is our first responsibility, but we need each other to care about what happens to each others marriage.  Our goal should be to honor and protect all marriage and do everything we can to help others find wholeness in this most intimate of relationship.

Can there be a better witness to a world craving intimate relationships than to show them what it is to honor marriage?

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