Marriage: God’s Boot Camp

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The Song of Songs, which is Solomon’s. (Song of Solomon 1:1 ESV)

Celebration of Sexual Love God Intended for Marriage

We’re going to tackle The Song of Solomon for a while since it celebrates sexual love between a husband and wife. It also is a picture of Christ and his church echoing Ephesians 5:31,32. These are not contradictory because God himself chooses to compare marital love with Christ’s love.

In our church culture, we often separate the physical and spiritual lifting the spiritual above the physical. God wants us to be comfortable with both the spiritual and physical realities of his creation and see them the way he sees them. To this end, he gives us The Song of Solomon as his picture of ideal married love.

If he wanted only a spiritual universe occupied by spiritual beings then he had that with the angels before Creation. But he wanted something physical, lavish, and sensual so he created the earth with Adam and Eve at the center, declaring them “one flesh” in marriage.

The Best of the Best

The author starts with the words, “Song of Songs” in verse 1. It’s like saying “the best of the best”. The writer is declaring that this song is the highest song of all songs, there is no higher or more important song in all the world. Of course, the songs, we know as The Psalms, are higher in the sense that they praise the living God who is above all and Almighty.

Our author is not contradicting God’s supreme position, he is simply saying that the sexual relationship God intended between a husband and wife is the highest, most glorious, relationship in all of God’s creation outside of our relationship with God himself.

Love One Another

Jesus says, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:35 NIV) Jesus tells us, on more than one occasion, that love is the goal of the Christian life. We can know the Bible, prophesy, perform signs and wonders, but only love counts in the end. Love is the Fruit of the Spirit and flows from a close personal relationship with Christ.

If we can’t love our spouse then how can we love anyone else? In fact, marriage is God’s boot camp for learning how to love another person. Let’s start with a sincere, gospel-centered, God-honoring love of our spouse and then we will know how to love others.

The Song of Solomon shows us exactly what a gospel-centered marriage looks like with mutual sexual submission at it’s core. We are excited about all the things The Song of Solomon will teach us. Love is good place to start.

Bible Thought: Marriage is God’s Boot Camp of love.

Prayer: Father, help me to learn how to love my spouse so I can be used by you to show love to the rest of the world. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Rene & Gloria

Life is Short

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Life is Short

Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. (James 4:14 NIV)

Most people at the end of their life don’t say that they should have worked more, traveled less, or made love fewer times.

Life is short and God wants us to major on the major and minor the minor and not get distracted from what’s really important. We get messed up and our thinking gets skewed as we go merrily along in life. As we learned in our last post, Satan’s task is to get us off course and confuse us about what is really important.

The entire Bible is about getting our priorities straight when you really think about it. Every time we take up the Word the Holy Spirit is trying to break through our prejudices and preconceptions about life. He is trying to shock us into reality. He says, “Hey, wake up! The Word is true. Stop doing what your doing. Do life God’s way because he loves you and knows what’s best for you.”

“Wake up, sleeper,

rise from the dead,

and Christ will shine on you.” (Ephesians 5:14)

What does it mean to “Wake up, rise from the dead”? It means that we should see the world through the eyes of the Word and then respond appropriately. When we “wake up” to the instruction of the Holy Spirit then Christ will shine on us. It seems to us that’s a good thing.

In marriage, Christ’s light shining on us produces love and intimacy reflecting his love and intimacy for his people. It is to see our spouse as our most important relationship outside of Christ. It’s to work at our relationship with humility, forgiveness, and hope.

“For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” This is a profound mystery but I am talking about Christ and the church. (Ephesians 5:31,32)

When we get to the end to our life, we will not say we made love too many times with our spouse. Don’t let the locust eat up the years of your youth with unimportant stuff. It took us many years to discover God’s truth about intimacy in marriage.

The purpose of our book and blog is to help you discover this truth a lot sooner than we did. May Christ’s light shine on you and your marriage.

Bible Thought: Marriage is important to God because it is the essential building block of society and a truly biblical marriage reflects Christ’s intimacy with his people.

Prayer: Father, help me to live my life to the fullest according to your Word. Help me love and respect my spouse. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Rene & Gloria