Friday 10th March
Friday Challenges are to take us back to the reading culture. For this challenge we decided to go with a marriage book. Ever thought about how marriage impacts our spiritual life. This book is enlightening us on the purpose of Marriage as God intended it. The book looks at how we can use the challenges, joys, struggles, and celebrations of marriage to draw closer to God and to grow in Christian character. The Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas is a marriage book with 13 chapters. There are also devotionals for the year and discussion guides for bible study groups.
So in Chapter 1, the title says it all: The Greatest Challenge in the World: A Call to Holiness More Than Happiness. In this chapter, the author gives the overview and objective of the book. It is definitely not one of those how to have a happier marriage books. I quote “Romantic love has no elasticity to it. It can never be stretched; it simply shatters. Mature love, the kind demanded of a good marriage, must stretch, as the sinful human condition is such that all of us bear conflicting emotions.” It is easy to forget that love needs to grow and mature to be able to handle the different seasons. Another quote ““If you want to be free to serve Jesus, there’s no question—stay
single. Marriage takes a lot of time. But if you want to become more like Jesus, I can’t imagine any better thing to do than to get married. Being married forces you to face some character issues you’d never have to face otherwise.” This is so true as reflected in one of the marriage lessons: Marriage is the greatest test of Christianity. Basically the author indicates that being closer to God together is most important. That way we will begin to see our spouse through God’s eyes.
This is the most challenging and ‘heavy’ books I have read so far. Looking forward to next week’s read.