Today's Scripture
”As the Scriptures say, ‘A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.’” Ephesians 5:31 NLT (Also read Matthew 19:5-6)

Thoughts for Today
Becoming one in Christ is God’s plan for husbands and wives. This spiritual and physical union is a special miracle of God. Each partner has a responsibility to the other in commitment, love, acceptance and respect toward this miracle of God.

Today’s scripture states that a man leaves his father and mother to be joined to his wife. The “leaving behind” is often difficult for both the man and the woman when it comes to baggage like unhealthy behavior patterns, neglect, abuse and lack of role models. In many cases, individuals bring this kind of baggage to the marriage, counting on their new relationship to “fix” the hurt. In actuality, bringing this kind of baggage to the marriage can hurt the relationship and hinder the process of truly becoming one.

Consider this…
We all need to turn to Jesus for healing from these kinds of problems. Are there areas of baggage that you need to allow God to help you with in the process of “becoming one”? Are you ready to let him help?

Prayer
Father, I know I brought some things into my marriage that I should have dealt with before getting married. I guess I really did think that this marriage—and my spouse—would change everything. But I realize now that my answer can only be found in Jesus. Forgive me for waiting until now to turn to you. Thank you for loving me. Help me through this process of healing. Help my spouse and me to grow in our relationship and to be truly one in Christ. In His name …

These thoughts were drawn from…
Committed Couples: God's Plan for Marriage & the Family
by Dr. Jimmy Ray Lee. Whether in a private or group setting, couples will be encouraged spiritually and romantically as they research biblical principles that affirm their vows. It can help every married couple grow spiritually and emotionally in their relationship. It is also a great help for engaged-to-be-married couples.  

 

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