Well, Easter has come and gone, but the holiday itself is just a reminder of the ongoing meaning. Easter is a continually call to embrace the new life we have in Christ. We remember that we are called to different kind of life—the resurrection life—that is radically different from the old life we put to death.
So what does that have to do with marriage? If marriage is a Kingdom calling (which I believe it is), we must continually ask the question, “How are you bringing ‘new life’ into your marriage on an ongoing basis so that the world can see Christ in you as a couple?”
I don’t know where you are in your marriage right now, but if your relationship is characterized by your selfish desires, demands, and expectations of your spouse (and all of us are that way at one time or another), then it’s time to put those things to death so that you can start moving toward a “new life” with your mate. That new life in your marriage will be characterized by
- selflessly serving your mate
- loving in action as well as word
- forgiveness without any strings attached
- embracing a renewed trust
- a shared hope that can only come through Christ
We live in a world marred by darkness. The ongoing Easter call is for us, by the power of God, to continually drive out the world's darkness that tries to seep into our marriages, and replace it with the light of Christ. Often times, the first step to a “new life” in your marriage is being honest with yourself and your spouse about the things you need to change. Once you do that, you open up yourself and your marriage for God to do powerful things through you!
If you are in the Middle Tennessee area, I will be presenting a session based on The Marriage-Friendly Church at the Caring Connections Conference, Friday, May 10, 2013 from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. Go to agapenashville.org for more info and to register.