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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Marriage Comes From God

As I continue to revel in the post-anniversary glow, a line from Dietrich Bonhoeffer's "Wedding Sermon from a Prison Cell" comes to mind: "It is not your love that sustains the marriage, but from now on, the marriage that sustains your love" (from Letters and Papers from Prison [New York: Touchstone, 1997] p. 43). The idea here is that marriage comes from God. It is His institution, and therefore has an objective character that rises above fickle human love.

The paragraph following that line is great, too:

God makes your marriage indissoluble. 'What therefore God has joined together, let no man put assunder' (Matt. 19:6). God joins you together in marriage; it is his act, not yours. Do not confound your love for one another with God. God makes your marriage indissoluble, and protects it from every danger that may threaten it from within and without; he wills to be the guarantor of its indissolubility. It is a blessed thing to know that no power on earth, no temptation, no human frailty can dissolve what God holds together; indeed, anyone who knows that may say confidently: What God has joined together, can no man put assunder. Free from all the anxiety that is always a characteristic of love, you can now say to each other with complete and confident assurance: We can never lose each other now; by the will of God we belong to each other till death.

Thus far Bonhoeffer. Again, thanks be to God for my wife and the marriage He has given us. May the blood of Jesus Christ that has washed us clean of all sin, also strengthen us to forgive one another and grow in love and service to one another, trusting that God will sustain us even when our love is weak.

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