Tuesday, December 16, 2014

day no. 13,203: a timeless reminder about marriage from a dead german who worshipped Jesus

I read this awesome excerpt from Letters and Papers from Prison by Dietrich Bonhoeffer (a dead super stud for Jesus).

"Welcome one another, therefore, as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God (Romans 15:7) In a word, live together in the forgiveness of your sins, for without it no human fellowship, least of all a marriage, can survive.  Don't insist on your rights, don't blame each other, don't judge or condemn each other, don't find fault with each other, but accept each other as you are, and forgive each other every day from the bottom of your hearts. From the first day of your wedding till the last the rule must be: "Welcome one another... for the glory of God." That is God's word for your marriage.  Thank God for it; thank God for leading you thus far; ask God to establish your marriage, to confirm it, sanctify it, and preserve it.  So your marriage will be "for the praise of God's glory." Amen.

May this be an encouraging word to those of you who are bound by covenant to love a very specific sinner.

May this be an encouraging word to those of you who are single and peeking into the realm of matrimony and the joys/pains associated with seeing sin so close up (both in your own treatment of another and of their treatment of you).

We are sinners: marriage only all the more confirms that.

Ephesians 4:32

And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as
God also forgave you in Christ.

Did you see that?

"just as"

How did God forgive us? How did He show kindness and compassion?

Think about that and then give that to one another.

That kindness, that compassion, that forgiveness.

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