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PowerPoint - Nov. 10, 2008

Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.

--Mark 10:7-9

Do you remember the first Rocky movie?

I love the line when someone asks Rocky what he and Adrian saw in each other. He says, “I got gaps; Adrian’s got gaps. We fill in one another’s gaps.”

What a great description of marriage! We fill in one another’s gaps!

Have you ever noticed how in many marriages, the weaknesses of one spouse are offset by the strengths of the other? Working together, we are stronger than we could ever be separately.

In marriage, when we can affirm our diversity and accept our responsibilities, then we can rejoice in our unity. In God’s miracle mathematics of marriage, one plus one equals one.

How do we achieve that unity? Through the example of Jesus Christ who died for you upon the cross. He is the supreme example of love. Therefore His love is our standard.

Maybe you’ve never had the right kind of model for your marriage. If you came out of a broken home, maybe you feel doomed to repeat the mistakes of your parents or your own past life. But you don’t have to!

Begin today. Start afresh and ask Jesus Christ to help you. I want to encourage you today to follow Christ’s example of love and sacrifice in your marriage. 

You do this by affirming your diversity, accepting your responsibilities, and rejoicing in your unity as a man and woman who have received God’s grace and hope for eternal life.

When you do, you can begin to “become one.”


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