Wednesday, May 12, 2010
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The above referenced Issues, Etc. radio program (click on the Wednesday, May 12, 2010 link) is a refreshing change from the many "how-to" discussions on Christian marriage. What makes a Christian marriage is NOT the superior performance of the husband and wife, but the presence of Christ IN their marriage and Christ FOR them. If we are married, we are married to sinners. Our spouses are married to sinners. Christ graciously forgives us, and out of that forgiveness we forgive our spouses, and they forgive us. So we are able to say to our spouses through the good times and the bad, "I am not going anywhere." This is a rock solid love, for it is the love of God. We do not possess it, but the presence of Christ, which is also "not going anywhere", gives it to us. We Lutherans believe that we can always find the presence of Christ in the Word of God and the Sacraments.
And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. Matthew 28:20