Eph..5:31,32 – For this reason a man is to leave his father and his mother and lovingly hold to his wife, since the two have become joined as one flesh. Marriage is the beautiful design of the Almighty, a great and sacred mystery—meant to be a vivid example of Christ and his church.

My wife Parris and I have been blessed with an usual spiritual marriage and testimony. We were born again at the same time and were married and off to Bible School in California all within two weeks. Our salvation, calling into ministry, and calling to pastor in New Orleans is something we experienced together. Our entire marriage has been wrapped in our testimony. Christ Himself is the strength of our union, He has led us together for almost fifty years.
There have been countless seminars and sermons on marriage and family; at the end of the day human relationships are dependent on some common element. If that element is not Christ, failure is likely. I am not saying being a Christian secures a good marriage; all of us know how many ‘Christian’ marriages fail badly. What I am saying is marriages have to be joined together in Christ at the center, out of that flows purpose and contentment. Jonathan Edwards and his wife Sarah had this type of union. This quote is Jonathan at about twenty years old when he became infatuated with Sarah.

“They say there is a young lady in [New Haven] who is loved of that Great Being who made and rules the world and that there are certain seasons in which this Great Being, in some way or other invisible, comes to her and fills her mind with exceeding sweet delight; and that she hardly cares for anything except to meditate on him. . . . She is of a wonderful sweetness, calmness and universal benevolence of mind, especially after this great God has manifested himself to her. She will sometimes go about from place to place, singing sweetly, and seems to be always full of joy and pleasure; and no one knows for what. She loves to be alone walking in the fields and groves, and seems to have some-one invisible always conversing with her.”

So regardless of how long you have been married its never too late to be centered in Christ. I believe the Lord has a plan for Christian couples; discovering His plan for yours is critical for your success and happiness.


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