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December 29, 2016

A Love Like That

"God created marriage. No government subcommittee envisioned it. No social organization developed it. Marriage was conceived and born in the mind of God."

Max Lucado 

"We must never be naïve enough to think of marriage as a safe harbor from the fall…The deepest struggles of life will occur in the most primary relationship affected by the fall: marriage."

Gary Thomas 

When we read the account of creation in Genesis, we find that at the end of each day God looked over His work and "saw that it was good" (1:10, 12, 18, 21, 25).

There was, however, one exception; after God created man He declared, "It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him" (2:18 ESV).

What’s interesting is that after creating the woman, God looked at Adam and Eve and saw that His work was not just good—it was "very good" (1:31).

Love in marriage is the culmination and crowning point of God’s creation.

The writer of Hebrews reflects this divine image of matrimony when he writes, "Marriage is honourable in all…"(13:4 KJV).

The Greek word for honourable—timios—means held as of great price, esteemed, precious. It is the same word used to describe precious stones like diamonds, rubies and emeralds, things that are beautiful.

But, as I am sure many of you are aware, anything with that potential for beauty also has incredible potential for pain and brokenness.

You don’t have to go very far in the Bible—Genesis 2 to Genesis 3—to learn that the enemy of our souls has unleashed all of his power and strength to steal, kill and destroy our relationship with God and each other!

In many homes, it seems that he is winning the war.

Bliss has turned into brokenness.

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