I want to share a story...
Once upon a time two brothers who lived on adjoining farms fell into conflict. It was the first serious rift in 40 years of farming side by side. They had been sharing machinery, trading a labor and goods as needed without a hitch. Then the long collaboration fell apart. It began with a small misunderstanding and it grew into a major difference which exploded into an exchange of bitter words followed by weeks of silence.
There is no shame in accepting your mistake or forgiving each other. We should be kind and humble. We should try to stay together as a family and not break away from it over the petty arguments.
The unity in our marriage is a direct reflection of the relational love between the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit.
When we read scripture concerning joining together and becoming one, it is as much a spiritual union as it is a life union.
There are countless calls in the New Testament for unity! Ephesians 2: 14-18 Paul describes the peace and reconciliation that was won by Jesus Christ for us. Our unity in Christ as a couple, although imperfect, is just a foretaste of what is to come.
Day by day we are called to join together in unity with our spouse just as the church is called in unity to Christ.
Our marriage has a higher calling in a lost world that does not know the peace and freedom Christ gives so freely.
Practice coming together as one in prayer, decision making, daily activities, and even mundane routines.
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