I love playing with words. I love hearing ideas in unique ways. I love it when someone says an old concept with a new and interesting twist. I just have to write it down. That is what reading Marriage God’s Way: A Biblical Recipe for Healthy, Joyful, Christ-Centered Relationships was like for me.
Marriage God’s Way Presents Biblical Concepts in a New Way
Marriage God’s Way wasn’t a book full of opinions on marriage. The advice given was straight from the Bible, just as it should be. It was presented in a way, however, that made me think of concepts I have heard my whole life in a new way.
What “Christ First” Really Looks LikeDon't believe that you can work hard for God ,neglect your family, and still please God. Click To Tweet
Take, for example, the concept that we are to put Christ first, family second, and others third. If you have been around church for a while, you have probably heard this more than once. In Marriage God’s Way, Scott LaPierre explains how that common thought pattern can set us up for failure. It perpetuates the lie that we can work hard at church or some kind of Christian service, neglect spending enough time with our families, and still be pleasing God. Instead, Scott LaPierre points out that
The reason we cannot please the Lord while failing as a husband or wife is that our Christianity is related directly to the way we treat our spouse. Our marriages are an outpouring of our relationship with Christ.
Who is Worthy of Submission?
Take the ongoing controversy over biblical submission. Most of us have struggled with this at one point or another. Marriage God’s Way is such a great title for this book because everything in it really points us back to God’s perspective. Instead of listing a bunch of reasons we should be submissive, Scott LaPierre says,
I would never try to convince a husband that his wife is worthy of his love, or try to convince a wife that her husband is worthy of her submission. The fact is, their spouse is not. But Christ is worthy of a husband’s love and a wife’s submission.
Now that is truth!
Struggling with Femininity
If you have been following our Healthy Families series, you may understand the struggle that some people have with their appearance. There is a fine line between wanting to be healthy and becoming more physically attractive, and wanting to give up and feeling our appearance really shouldn’t matter.
In Marriage God’s Way, the original Greek meaning of Peter’s words are examined.
In the same way, you husbands must give honor to your wives.” 1 Peter 3:7 NLT
The greek word for “to your wives” is “gynaikeios.” It means “of or belonging to a woman, feminine, female.” Scott La Pierre explains,
Peter is not commanding husbands to honor their wives simply for the sake of honoring them. Instead husbands are commanded to find value in their wives’ femininity and praise them for it. Ladies, young or old, single or married, should celebrate their femininity and enjoy the beauty God has given them.
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These are just a few of the ideas in Marriage God’s Way: A Biblical Recipe for Healthy, Joyful, Christ-Centered Relationships that have inspired me to make my marriage even better. (I think it’s already pretty great!) But we all have room for improvement. I would recommend this book for anyone who is married or getting married. With Valentine’s love in the air, it’s the perfect time to grab a copy. It’s also a great time to win one!Enter to win a copy of Marriage God's Way! Click To Tweet
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