The views expressed below are those of the writer and may not reflect the views of Rejoice Marriage Ministries or the Steinkamps.
Men, has the Lord placed a devotional on your heart that you would like to share with other standers?
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9-11
Jesus Christ is Lord! Until each of us acknowledges that Jesus Christ is Lord, our stand for our covenant marriage relationship with our spouse is basically meaningless. Without Jesus Christ as Lord of your life and mine and the life of our spouse, our stand for our marriages will not produce a marriage reconciliation that is lasting and one that has eternal value. Such a marriage is not built upon the Solid Rock of Jesus Christ.
Our faith in God and the acknowledgment that Jesus Christ is Lord should be at the center of one’s life, one’s marriage, one’s family and our dealings with those around us, both here and abroad. As a long time resident of north Texas, one cannot get away from the stories about the legendary NFL coach, Tom Landry of the Dallas Cowboys. Tom was a rock solid Christian. This was reflected in his life on the field and off the field.
Gary Cartwright of the Texas Monthly interviewed Landry for the November 1973 issue. One of his quotes from Landry was as follows:
“Achievement builds character,” he told me. “People striving, being knocked down and coming back…this is what builds character in a man. The Bible talks about it at length in Paul, in Romans. Paul says that adversity brings on endurance, endurance brings on character, and character brings on hope.”
“Then hope…not joy, peace or love…hope is the ultimate goal?”
“That’s right,” he said. “Character is the ability of a person to see a positive end of things. This is the hope that a man of character has. It’s an old cliché in football that losing seasons build character, but there is a great truth in it. I’ve seen very little character in players who have never had to face adversity. This is part of the problem we see in this country today…young people who have never really had to struggle in life, when they do eventually face problems where they need to turn to character, it’s not there. They turn to the alternatives: drugs, alcohol or something.”
Tom Landry was a man of God. He knew the value of character in one’s life. He was a great leader of men because he first acknowledged that Jesus Christ was Lord of his life. When you and I come face to face with the adversity of a failing marriage, we frequently find ourselves taking the false steps toward the permanent breakup of our marriage and family unit and the heartache of divorce. False steps meaning not seeking our Creator’s leading, our Lord’s counsel. Above, Tom mentioned the value of character and quotes from Apostle Paul’s letter to the Romans. Paul speaks about the sufferings that we as Christians face in our walk with Jesus Christ and what Christ has done for you and me.
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us…But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:1-5, 8
This passage from Romans speaks to our personal relationship with Jesus Christ, our Lord. It speaks to standing, to sufferings, to perseverance, to character building, to hope. It speaks to what we can expect from a solid relationship with and faith in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. And this hope is the rebuilding of our marriages based upon the Solid Rock of our Lord Jesus Christ.
As we face this new day, this new situation of uncertainty about the future of our marriage and our family unit, we need to acknowledge this one thing…Jesus Christ is Lord!
Jesus Christ is Lord!
Standing firm on the covenant marriage vows that my wife and I pledged to each other and witnessed by God, until we are parted by death.
Ben in Texas