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Marriage: It Takes Hard Work

1 Corinthians 13:5

It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

IMG_0301We’ve all read 1 Corinthians 13 or heard it read at weddings.  It presents God’s love – perfect love – and is used as an example of how a couple’s love should be modeled (although none of us measure up perfectly).  The passage that speaks most to me in this chapter is the last phrase of the 5th verse – it keeps no record of wrongs.

Marriage is hard work (as I said in yesterday’s message titled Biblical Marriage).  If we were striving to model our marriage and our love after God’s love – we would realize that when we keep a record of wrongs – and we all have wrongs – we set ourselves up for failure.  Love wipes the slate clean and allows for us to heal our wounds and move forward.

I recently told a couple in counseling that they needed to wipe the slate clean and begin anew.  I believed they were living too much in the past and their past would not allow them to move forward in their marriage.  I quoted this passage – love keeps no record of wrongs.  Marriage takes hard work – and part of our hard work – at times – is sacrificial in nature.  We often must give up our will for our partner – we must seek out Gethsemane moments in our marriage – at times daily!

What Scripture speaks volumes for you concerning marriage?  What passage do you cling to in your marriage?  How’s does God’s Holy Word help to mold your marriage?  I would love to hear some examples as we work through our sermon series on marriage.

My hope is that our sermon series on Marriage will be an encouragement to all who hear it (if you do not attend First UMC in Laurel you can listen to the sermons here).

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.


April 13, 2015 - Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , ,

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