Saturday, March 18, 2006

Fear and trembling in marriage

12Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. Philippians 2:12-13

If marriage is a picture of Jesus and the church (the bridegroom and his bride) and if once we are saved it is secure and yet at the same time we must work out the day-to-day salvation with fear and trembling, why should marriage be different?

Once we commit ourselves to one another--we are married--it is decided. To stay married, however, and to grow in oneness requires working at it on a daily basis, with intensity, intimacy and intentionality. A little fear and trembling works well for both our relationship with God and our relationship with our spouse. This commitment is important; it must succeed--I will make it my priority so that it will become all that it is meant to be.

Micah Girl


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