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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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Jan. 7, 2010 - Marriage's Mission

By Dave Kidd

Think about this statement: “Every individual has a God-ordained mission.” Just as every individual has a mission, so does every marriage — especially Christian marriages. Our mission as married couples is multifaceted.

The Bible offers several major themes. I believe the primary theme of the Scriptures is reconciliation — namely, God’s plan to reconcile mankind to himself. It is in this plan, this ongoing and blood-bought labor of love, that we find our mission in our marriages. God chose to use us, His people, to be His mouth, hands and feet in restoring mankind to himself.

Our enemy, Satan, wreaked havoc on that fateful day in the Garden. The fall of man shifted the perfect to imperfect, the balanced to imbalanced and the good to evil. The fall resulted in mankind taking on a sinful mind and a nature displeasing to God.

“The sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God” (Romans 8:7,8, NIV).

However, God has enlisted every married couple to aid in this reconciliation endeavor.

“Has not [the Lord] made them one? In flesh and spirit they are his. And why one? Because he was seeking godly offspring. So guard yourself in your spirit, and do not break faith with the wife of your youth” (Malachi 2:15).

Sadly, many individuals and marriages within our own families, communities and even our churches are still marked by that devastating day in Eden. But we, as married Christians, even though our human nature still bears remnants of that mark, can be a light to those individuals and couples. We can facilitate reconciliation by being examples of Christ’s love in the way we demonstrate that love to our spouse. Our marriages are entrusted instruments in God’s hands to lead others into the restoring balance and peace that a reconciling relationship with Jesus Christ can bring.

In his book, “Sacred Marriage,” Gary Thomas writes, “We cannot discuss with any integrity the ending of ‘a relation of enmity’ and the dawning of ‘peace and goodwill’ if our marriages are marked with divorce, fighting and animosity” (Zondervan 2000). Additionally, Thomas asks a very pointed question: “How can I tell my children that God’s promise of reconciliation is secure when they see that my own promise doesn’t mean a thing?” (Zondervan 2000).

Marriages are foundational to God's mission of reconciliation. As a Christian couple, your marriage is your mission!

— Dave Kidd serves as associate pastor at Grace Fellowship (“The Caring Place”) in Canton, Ohio.



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