As­sault and Bat­tery

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There is an as­sault on mar­riages to­day. Did you know it is the plan of the en­emy to bring di­vi­sion and death to mar­riages re­sult­ing in sep­a­ra­tion, di­vorce, fam­ily break­down, and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence? A friend’s friend lost her life only days ago due to do­mes­tic vi­o­lence. An­other friend’s friend had a big fight re­sult­ing in ex­treme threats of un­healthy be­hav­ior to­wards her. This is go­ing on in our homes and in our neigh­bors’ homes. Let’s not sweep this un­der the rug any­more, broth­ers and sis­ters!

Be hon­est with your­self: do you treat your spouse with the love of Je­sus? Is your home full of peace or strife? Do you have con­stant fights, ar­gu­ments, ten­sion, sad­ness or un­rest? If you are a fol­lower of Je­sus, it is time to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for what is go­ing on in your home. For too long, we have put on a holy smile; gone to church and pre­tended all is well when ev­ery­thing is fall­ing apart be­hind closed doors. Maybe you didn’t grow up with a godly ex­am­ple of a love-filled mar­riage and you don’t have the tools to make your mar­riage great. You may look around and not see many mar­riages that you could em­u­late to im­prove your re­la­tion­ship; or you may just think it’s not worth us­ing your time and en­ergy. But have you ever thought what the pur­pose of mar­riage is? Mis­tak­enly, it is not just for the re­pro­duc­tion of the hu­man race or a healthy and pro­tected sex life. Satan knows the power be­hind a mar­riage that is uni­fied, full of un­con­di­tional love and set on a course to fol­low Je­sus. This is why he is de­ter­mined to take as many mar­riages down as he can. It has been sug­gested in “A Pur­pose-Driven Mar­riage” ar­ti­cle, that “...mar­riage is to be a hu­man ob­ject les­son of the di­vine re­la­tion­ship be­tween Christ and be­liev­ers.” I of­ten laugh about the fact that mar­riage is an in­sti­tu­tion cre­ated by God – not the fact that God cre­ated it but that it is cer­tainly a place of ed­u­ca­tion; some­times also known as “The School of Hard Knocks.” The ar­ti­cle also men­tioned that mar­riage is a lab­o­ra­tory – a place where God’s love can be de­vel­oped in us. “God builds cer­tain qual­i­ties within our lives by putting us in sit­u­a­tions that make it dif­fi­cult to show th­ese qual­i­ties. God is us­ing each of you to shape the other per­son more and more into the im­age of Je­sus.” Com­pan­ion­ship, en­joy­ment, com­plete­ness, and pro­tec­tion are all valid pur­poses for mar­riage as is the ex­plo­ration of Christ and His love for the Church sim­i­larly as the hus­band loves his wife. Paul Ev­doki­mov, noted Ortho­dox the­olo­gian, sug­gests this about mar­riage: “...for their com­ing to­gether has this ef­fect, it dif­fuses and com­min­gles the bod­ies of both. And as one who has cast oint­ment into oil, who has made the whole one, so in truth it is also here.’ ‘...Mar­riage is the in­ti­mate union of two lives, ‘‘the sacra­ment of love.’”

Mar­riage can be the most hurt­ful re­la­tion­ship to be in but on the con­verse, mar­riage can be the most re­ward­ing re­la­tion­ship one can ever have. The de­sign of mar­riage en­cour­ages deep con­nec­tion and in­ti­macy of two hearts in­ter­twined; be­com­ing one flesh. What an amaz­ing mold­ing to­gether that is po­ten­tially bril­liant when two live in love, unity and serve God and each other with all their hearts. Of all the bumps and bruises Hubby and I have lived through, I am in­creas­ingly thank­ful that we have each other and have per­sisted through very dif­fi­cult times; there is noth­ing like grow­ing older to­gether.

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