Indeed, I don't know a single godly couple who would tell you otherwise. We need to feast on this truth regularly, or we will be tempted to draw strength from other, lesser sources, like your own relationship. First, they do the negative work of preventing the greatest danger in any “Christian” dating relationship—no, not sexual sin, but the human tendency to make an idol out of the beloved.
Usually this idolatry justifies sexual sin and so many other relational pathologies.
We were allowing ourselves to feel alienated from each other and to enjoy strangely delicious feelings of self-righteous annoyance. The prophet Joel told the people of Judah that unless they got their act together (that is, repented), God would destroy them just as locusts had destroyed their land.
At the time, I didn’t think God was waiting around to unleash lightning bolts on our marriage.
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