Back to the Sermon on the Mount, and how I think we can/should apply it to our marriages.
Verse 5 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. [Mt 5:9 ESV]
The Greek word translated as “peacemaker” is found only once in the Bible. Literally, it means “a founder or promoter of peace”. This is not just liking or wanting peace, it’s taking peace into places where it does not exist. The peacemaker is one who founds and promotes peace. This is not an arbitrator or referee who tries to settle disagreements; this is a man who so walks in the peace only Jesus can bring to a situation.
Imagine being such a man in your marriage! Imagine being able to bring peace to your home, to your wife, to your children. Doing this requires you walk in His peace. If you lose your temper, you don’t have peace. If you get upset when things go wrong, you don’t have peace. If you want to be a bringer of peace, you must walk in peace. This means giving up your “right” to get frustrated and upset.
I’ll have to get back to y’all on how to do that, as I’m still working on it. Still, based on what Jesus said I’m convinced it’s possible. I want to be a man of peace everywhere I go, and most especially in my marriage.
Great tweet of the week:
A good marriage is like synchronized swimming: It looks easy, but you don’t see all the work going on below the surface.@sheilagregoire
Links to blog posts that stood out to me this last week:
Give Up – It’s Too Hard, Says Adam Levine ◄ A great answer to a weird anti-marriage comment.
Black and Married with Kids
How to Tell if Your Relationship is Thriving or Just Surviving ◄ A good check-list – how do you do?
The Generous Wife
Hot, Holy and Humorous
Just Because He Stopped Asking Doesn’t Mean He Stopped Wanting ◄ I am pointing to this to “prove” that someone is telling women these things.
Intimacy in Marriage
Sexual Redemption. Could Her Story Be Yours? ◄ This was the basis for my post yesterday, and it is a MUST READ.
Can Sexual Intimacy in Your Marriage Be Resurrected? ◄ Another post to prove women are being nagged and encouraged to deal with sex.
Journey to Surrender
True Love Serves ◄ The truth and power of the upside-down message of Jesus.
One Flesh Marriage
Grow Your Marriage- Guaranteed ◄ Guarantee is a strong word, but I think it is merited here.
Pearl’s OysterBed: Out Of The Shell ◄ A formerly anonymous blogger comes out so she can better minster to low libido women. I don’t mention this blog here much because of its intended audience, but I want to honour Bonnie for her brave choice.
Sharing Marriage Problems With Your Kids ◄ Good advice from someone who has been there.
How to Improve Any Relationship ◄ A truth no one likes.
Your Life Has to Be Created ◄ Another truth – this one more encouraging and empowering.
Happy Birthday to Us! ◄ As a new reader this post, with links to the best of the first year, was great.
The Romantic Vineyard
What Jurassic Park Taught Me About Love ◄ A great guest post by Tom and Debi’s son Jason.
…to Love Honor and Vacuum
How Technology Threatens Marriages ◄ Never thought of it this way, but Shelia is correct.
Why It’s so Hard to Say Yes to Sex ◄ If your wife says no, check out the reasons women gave for saying no at the top of this post. (Followed by yet another proof that women are being told to deal with sex.)