The Crossing
Better | Marriage
We want to win at home. Relationships are complicated, hard, and at times hurtful. When God made us He made us for community. It is one of the primary ways we are to experience Him, learn about Him, and grow in Him. The family unit was intended to be the greatest expression of this.
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Marriage is the most basic construct of the human condition and community and if Satan can confuse it, twist it, or break it, he wins.

The Bible begins with a wedding.

The Bible also ends with a wedding.

It was the backdrop for Jesus’ first miracle and the beginning of His ministry on earth.

He used wedding language to His disciples the night before He was crucified in John 14. It’s the earthly relationship that God created to help us understand our eternal relationship.
There is a gender stereotype we have in God’s word.
First notice that the overall view is mutual submission.
Marital love is supposed to be selfless love.
We surrender ourselves to each other and form one new identity.
Ephesians 5 is teaching us classic male and female stereotypes. Women need love and men need respect. It’s not that we don’t need the other, but these dominate. If we don’t pay attention to our role in the marriage, we end up in the crazy cycle.
If we don’t receive what we need, we lash out at our spouses vulnerable place. These feed on each other until the relationship is utterly broken.
The good news is that we can reverse it, but only through selflessness.
Each of us have an emotional language through which we understand, give, and receive love. It’s called your love language. It might be words of affirmation, quality time, acts of service, physical touch, or gifts.
Some marriages are like soulmates.These describe the same love language. Most marriages are opposites attract or differences attract.
These describe different love languages. But, what if you don’t understand your spouses language or aren’t fluent in it?
There is a profound spiritual reality to love and marriage and how it relates to an experiential understanding of our relationship with Jesus. It’s physical, emotional, chemical, and most profoundly…spiritual.
It’s amazing how strong you can be if your marriage is strong. If you can have a spouse where both are committed to each other with a solid spiritual foundation, a good understanding of how you’re wired emotionally and physically, and a realization of how much Satan is attempting to destroy
it, you can not only have a successful marriage, but a compelling one.

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