Gospel Centered Marriage
Creating a Gospel-Centered Marriage: Foundations - Part 3
What makes marriage hard? Ouch! That was a hard chapter. What makes marriage work? Wow! It is so easy to neglect those things. What is powerful enough to overcome the obstacles to a long and mutually satisfying marriage? Covenant! Only when we see what God made marriage to be will we treat marriage as God intended for it to be treated and experience in marriage what God intended to give.
When something becomes common, its meaning and significance are forgotten. This is true of marriage and the wedding ceremony. Weddings have been in so many movies we begin to think they are good cinema instead of sacred covenant or that they belong to Hollywood instead of the Holy God. We begin to compare the pageantry and the bride’s dress more than we reflect on the eternal message being enacted before our eyes.
If we miss the gospel-rich meaning of our wedding as a covenant ceremony, then living a gospel-centered marriage can easily feel like a bait-and-switch. We must remember marriage is always a covenant. This is true regardless of our awareness or intentionality during our ceremony or appointment with the justice of the peace.