Cover 2017-05-07

Ron Writes

Demo Day—Marriage Fixer Upper

There’s something I discovered many years ago talking about marriage. It took me longer than it should have to figure it out. Books and lessons on marriage are endless, but they pretty much say the same thing. In preaching about marriage for over 30 years, there hasn’t been anything new. It’s just repackaging the old stuff and trying to come at it from a different angle. Marriage and Christianity are a lot alike in that they are both very easy and extremely complicated. The principles are straightforward, it’s the application that’s hard.

The plan is plain. It’s a covenant. Leave and cleave. Love and submit. ‘Til death do us part. It’s the most intimate living out of Christian principles. Grasping the principles is one thing, putting them into practice is another.

For marriage to work, there are some things you need to get rid of in your life. Some of the big religious words become very important. Words such as repentance, sanctification, and holiness. There are the “big” destroyers of adultery, abuse and addiction that can instantly ruin a relationship. Then there are “little” things as well. Angry outbursts, neglect and insensitivity, selfishness, bad habits, nagging, criticism, selfish demands, disrespect and the list goes on of things that must be eliminated in our lives. These may seem little, but they’re like the lint in the clothes dryer vent. Either address them or risk burning your house down.

Just as in remodeling a house, there’s the demolition that needs to be done. There are things that are not wanted anymore. We’ll address some things that need to be destroyed in our lives during the next couple of weeks.

Then we’ll look at rebuilding and decorating. These are the positive things we must learn how to apply to our lives.