Super Marital Bliss?
If we walk in the light as He is in the light we have fellowship with one another. 1 John 1:7, NASB
I (David) have to laugh when I thumb through some of the marital self-help books. To hear various authors tell it, super marital bliss is available to anyone who wants it—anytime and all the time.
To be honest, some days I feel lucky if I can pull off being semi-decent to Teresa. Maybe I am setting my sights too low, but I tend to believe that the bill of goods many of the marriage self-help books contain is misleading. Super marital bliss is a pipe dream. We will never be completely and constantly intimate with our spouses. That possibility was lost when Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden.
Discouraging? It doesn't need to be. A deep, consistent, intimate relationship with your spouse is possible. The key to this kind of fellowship and intimacy with your spouse is found in today's Scripture verse. It's found in asking yourself, "Am I walking in the light of His Word?" Teresa and I can have consistent fellowship when we both live out the principles of God's Word.
It makes sense if you think about it. We have fellowship when, as Ephesians 4:15 tells us, we speak the truth in love to one another. We have intimacy when we are living out James 5:16, which tells us to confess our sins to one another and pray for one another. We have marital bliss when, as the book of Romans tells us, we show equal care and comfort to one another and accept one another. True intimacy is possible when we are both walking in the light—the light of His Word.
How can you and your spouse make the Word of God central to the marital intimacy you long to enjoy?
God, help me give up unrealistic notions about marital intimacy and instead consistently live in the light of Your Word when it comes to my marriage.
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