Marriage Defined – Part IV

Being an example

Marriage is a public demonstration of Christ and the church to people who may never set foot in church. Your marriage sets an example to others. If you are cultivating and bathing your marriage in spiritual disciplines, the difference will be very clear to others. They may not understand why the difference, but they will see the difference. Your example should pave the way to explaining the “why” to those who would inquire. Your relationship should be a testimony of what Christ has done in your life, I’m not talking about perfection, I’m talking about putting forth the effort. Does your marital walk match your spiritual walk?

Marriage is designed to be an honorable endeavor.

“Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; nor forsake you.”  Hebrews 13:4-5

Do you set an honorable example? Do you display integrity in your relationship? Are you a man or woman of your word? We demonstrate great hypocrisy if we teach and proclaim a certain set of moral or ethical values, yet behind closed doors we do not live up to those beliefs. How much more troubling when we represent God to the world around us yet lead a double life of selfish desire. The person who acknowledges the damage pornography can have on a marriage but continues to gratify themselves on the Internet does not display godly integrity. Again we come back to the example we are setting in our marriage: an example to our children, our families, and the world.

©2014 Eric A. Disney, Marriage by Design

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