Monday, April 5, 2010

Life in Death

Resurrection Day and the preceding week gives us pause to reflect this Monday on how life comes from death.

Jesus' death at Calvary gave life to "all who received him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God." John 1:12 (NIV) No other religion can claim a deity that willingly gave up his life so that his followers can have hope of a brighter tomorrow.

The song writer wrote so powerfully that because "He (Jesus) lives, I can face tomorrow; because He lives, all fear is gone." But first Jesus had to die at Calvary because we did not have the power to save ourselves. His death paved the way for the Christ-followers to have power over death and victory in this life.

We believe a similar principle applies to those in relationships. In order to have a successful marriage, some things have to die so that our relationships can live. Our single life, single-mindedness and self-centered thinking are among those things that we have to bury in order to resurrect a marriage centered on God, unity and oneness.

There is no greater display of love than that of a person giving up his life for the good of another.
Imagine how your spouse would respond to you if you responded to them in a sacrificial manner. How would they react knowing that you had their best interest at heart?
As we wrote in a previous blog, oneness is a process that begins with dying to ourselves. Jesus is a married person's example of selflessness. Everything he did was about and for others. If only we could follow fully in His example! How wonderful our marriage and other relationships would be!
It's Marriage Mondays . . .

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