Don’t Be Fooled! The Lies and Truth About Marriage – Part 1

For your personal time of study or for use in discussion with others.

My thoughts:

  • Genesis 1:27 and 2:18 let me be in the audience of something that seems like the first wedding ceremony. I haven’t thought about the very beginning recently. What do I learn about God from these verses (and even the larger context of these verses)? If I’m to mirror God’s ways, what is there that I can live out or speak about today?
  • In Matthew 19:4-6, Jesus answers some questions about marriage. What truths about marriage does his reply contain? What lies around me run contrary to what he said? What has been my response to the lies?

My words and actions:

Married person: When I think about the marriages of others, I realize there are good ones and struggling ones. I also know where mine falls on that spectrum. I want God’s truth to be revealed in my relationship, especially in the one closest to me. More than words, I know my heart must wrestle with those truths first.

Single person: I either think about marriage a lot or I don’t think about it at all. I do realize that it is something from God and, therefore, reflects him. I want God’s truth to be revealed in how I speak of marriage to others. More than words, I know my heart must wrestle with those truths first.

My prayer;

Jesus, you modeled a single person’s life and spoke about the lives of married people. My prayers are for both. In my own relational status, I want to be a conduit for your truth in a world saturated with lies. Please help me to represent you well, deeply, and wholeheartedly. As others have helped me, I want to help others. Your name is powerful, so I speak using it, Amen.

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