A friend of mine is in trouble. His marriage is on the rocks, things were hidden, his church just found out, and this Sunday I am preaching on the topic of marriage. “Seems appropriate”, some may say, but more than appropriate, it’s difficult. I wrote out the following on my Facebook this afternoon, as a way to help me process it little.
“HELP! My marriage is a mess.” This coming Sunday, I will be speaking on marriages. To be honest, it’s a little difficult this week, as I am reminded of my family’s past, what a good friend of mine went through last year, and what one of my friends is going through right now. Such a rough spot to be in, so I am praying earnestly for God to give me the right words to say in this situation, and to speak wisdom into our church. #unity in marriage matters.
Now I have the task with speaking wisdom into this. Not because his marriage and his issues affect us as a church, but because marriage in general, and the relationships between husbands and wives affect everyone to a very large extent.
I have been preparing for this sermon for the past few hours, and no matter what verse I looked at for marriage, husbands, and wives, they all seemed to focus on one specific key: Unity. That’s it. It’s unity. From Adam and Eve, to the book of Ephesians, and where we are Sunday in the book of Proverbs, unity. The number one key for marriages to be successful is unity.
And so I look at that and think to myself, “How many marriages do I know of that fell apart because both parties were not united? How many marriages do I know of currently, that are not united?” Over and over, I keep coming back to this issue of unity.
So pray for me this week, as I continue to wrestle with this topic, and pray that the ears that are there at Catalyst, are ready to hear what I have to say.