I received a call from a young, out of state couple, whose wedding I officated this summer. I remember her asking, at the age of 14, and that was six years ago, if I would perform her wedding ceremony, and I said yes. Things change over the years, but her request didn't, and so this summer I had the privilege, and the responsiblity to counsel with them, and then perform thier wedding. Per our conversation on the phone, I was glad to hear their marriage is on the move, they are changing, growing closer together, and getting along doing it. I remember telling them what I heard from Pastor Steve, that six months, a year from now, their marraige wouldn't look the same, or be the same, because they would change. I also remember telling them that heading into revival we, Mary and I, had a very good marriage, but now, being in revival, we have a great one, and that required change on both our part. Revival impacts and changes every area of your life. To me, there is nothing better for marriage, than our decreasing so God can increase, and then together, running long and strong after God in revival. Here is just a couple things I hope you remember about marriage.
Your marraige is based on your commitment to a Covenant relationship with God, and that will bring change. In tough times, if you live marraige like a contract, living out what you promised God will defeat you and you will cut your losses and run. But the Bible Covenant says, " I will be your God, you will be my people, I will come down and we will live together." Living committed to the presence and power of God as it comes to live in you and through you, requires a commitment to change. In marriage, it works the same way. You make necessary changes because you love and want to be with somebody else, and that makes changes worth it. You want to be together enough to make the necessary changes to stay together. That's when you start adding years to your marriage. As you both do, you will grow and know together, the building of a healthy, long and strong marriage.