7/19/19– Marriage

Pastor Daron CrossLife Blog

Marriage is work. If you don’t believe that, your marriage is going to crumble. Oh, marriage is a gift and blessing from God to be sure. But you don’t drift into committed and deep relationships.

Here’s a piece of advice for families who want to become more spiritually vibrant: the best thing you can do for your kids is to love your spouse.

Strong, loving, healthy marriages nurture and equip strong, loving and healthy children. The Bible gives us an example in Moses and his parents.

He was born to a Hebrew family, as slaves in Egypt, and the government had issued an edict that all Hebrew baby boys should be killed. An effort to continue Egyptian dominance over a growing Hebrew population.

The Bible says, “By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict” (Hebrews 11:23).

It was a team effort. Mom and dad working together. Quiet conversations in the home. Text messages during the day, well, not actually but the kind of communication that a husband and wife have that is ongoing and private. Deep, heartfelt prayer. Tears. Holding hands. Seeking counsel from other married couples. Moses’ parents practiced the work of faith and made a very difficult decision. A strong, courageous decision.

Married couples who have kids need to understand the significance of a healthy, strong marriage. And working on it.

One blog writer puts it this way, “After my walk with Christ, nothing should take a higher priority in my life than cultivating intimacy and friendship with my wife—not even being a dad. In fact, I know I can’t be the dad God calls me to be unless my marriage is strong.

Want to hear more? Want ten ideas for building a stronger marriage so that you are a better parent? I’d love for you to read the entire blog today and share it with your spouse over the weekend. It’s right here: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/10-ways-to-grow-your-marriage-while-having-young-kids/.

PRAYER: Dear Jesus, you lived on this earth as part of an earthly family. You know family relationships and needed to work on them. Please work on mine, even as I work on them, too. I want a spiritually vibrant family, by your blessing. Amen.

FURTHER MEDITATION: Read the blog and share 3 key points with your spouse or a friend or even your kids.