your love alone frees me to love another

Jesus, like most of us, I came into marriage, as you well know,
   with little gospel and big naiveté.
I had no clue about the depths of my brokenness,
   the degree of my selfishness,
   or the devices of my sinfulness.
I had no clue about what it would mean
   to love one person well the rest of my life,
   someone who needs the gospel just as much as I do.
And I certainly had no clue that your love alone is better than life…
   that your love alone can quench the deepest thirst of my heart…
   that your love alone can provide the depths of intimacy I crave
      and for which I have been made…
   that your love alone can free me to love another sinner-spouse
      the way you love me as your spouse-
for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health,
   to love and to cherish…
   forgiving and forbearing…
   accepting without acquiescing…
   doing the hard and heart work of the gospel.
So, Lord Jesus, I pray for my friends, as I pray for myself,
   protect us from the evil one,
   and restore us to gospel sanity and gospel reality.
Give hope to the hopeless,
   conviction to the foolish,
   nourishment to the famished…
   grace-filled wisdom to the betrayed
   and godly sorrow to the betrayers.

So very Amen, I pray, in the loving and restoring name of Jesus.

 Scotty Smith, Pastor, author and blogger serving in Tennessee, slightly edited  https://blogs.thegospelcoalition.org/scottysmith/2009/10/30/a-prayer-about-marriage/

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Ephesians 5:29-32
No one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church-for we are members of his body. “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.

 

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