The Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5) is often cited as the central teaching of Christianity. Does it have marriage applications? I think much of it does. If we’re not applying the truths of the Sermon on the Mount to our marriage, how can we say we’re applying them to our lives?
I’m not going to do an exhaustive point-by-point examination of these passages, but I do want to look at selected parts and share how I think they apply to our marriages – or at least how we should apply them. I’ll do this on Sundays for the next few months.
Let me start at the end. The Message says:
“In a word, what I’m saying is, Grow up. You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you. [Matt 5:48]
Most of us need to grow up – some of us a little, some of us a lot. Beyond just being an adult, we’re supposed to act as if we are subjects of The King. Ask yourself if the way you treated your wife last week was always the way God would have a kingdom subject treat their spouse! If you can find a couple of places where you did not get it right, work on those this next week. You could also apologise and/or make amends if you feel it’s appropriate.
A thank you: To all of you who sent supportive and encouraging emails the last couple of days. I have had a few busy days so I have not been able to reply to most of them yet. Please be assured I am not depressed or thinking of giving up what I do or anything like that.
Great tweet of the week:
What’s obvious to you isn’t obvious to everyone. #leadership @leadershipfreak
Links to blog posts that stood out to me this last week:
New blog this week – Romantic Marriage. I became aware of this due to link backs when Rosemary built on a recent post I did. I saw some good stuff when I went to visit, so I have added it to my list.
Featured Post – A must read article I saw this week:
Black and Married with Kids posted Don’t Just Satisfy Your Spouse, Keep Them Interested ◄ This is a great go the extra mile post.
Micro-Moments of Positivity Resonance ◄ Very interesting thoughts on the emotion of love.
The Generous Wife
Hot, Holy and Humorous
A Marital Intimacy Playlist ◄ Talking PARTY mix here!
Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage
The Divorce Myth Part 1 ◄ Divorce is not what it is advertised to be.
Experiencing God, Both as a Couple and Individually ◄ This is so right – we must do it both ways.
Redeeming Marriages with Jack and Janet
Nothing Changes Until Something Changes ◄ “Unspoken expectations will always grow into unmet expectations.”
Newlywed and Think Your Marriage Was a Mistake? This is Normal! ◄ If you have been married less tha two years, please read this one!
Be Spontaneous! ◄ Spontaneity can do a lot for your marriage.
Are You Trying to Drive Me Crazy? ◄ The post that got me started on this blog.
The Romantic Vineyard