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When Sinners Say "I Do" Discovering the Power of the Gospel for Marriage

The gospel is something we need in every area of our lives.  In marriage and in singleness.  In joy and in sorrow.  In good times and in hard times.  When life feels good and when life feels confusing.  This book showed so much of my need for Jesus and His grace. It calls us to look at our own sins and not be so easy to point out the sins of those around us.   It shows the great gravity of our sins.  We can all tend to point fingers and defend or blame our sins on others or life circumstances.  I think especially today it is so easy to do this and not truly see our sins.  "It is wrong, not because of what it does to me, or my spouse, or child, or neighbor, but because it is an act of rebellion against the infinitely holy and majestic God." -Jerry Bridges "There can be no small sins against a great God." -J.I. Packer Dave Harvey mentions in the book that with true sorrow of our "little sins", our awareness of God and His mercy grow. Be quick to see our own

The Battle Between Truth & Feelings

"The worst battle I've ever fought is between what I knew and what I felt."

How true is this?  Emotions and feelings can feel so like truth.  They can be so blinding, leading us on a goose chase to get what we think (feel) we need.  They become the thing we live for and strive after.  They can lead you away from good friendships, from the truth you grew up learning, running from good and clear counsel.  It's so dangerous to chase after your feelings, believe them to be truth over everything else- over true wisdom, truth, honesty, true love and friendship, and blind you to follow after the worlds version of truth or what your heart wants.  How scary is that. 

What we know is truth...

We know as believers that God's word is the only source of truth.  It is our anchor, our truth, what we live by.  When the world feeds us lies and these half-truths fueled to feed our sinful desires, we can always turn to God's word to lead us and guide us in our lives.  

But feelings and emotions can be so very painful.  Life can be so very painful.  I see how living for your emotions can you lead to even more pain.  I can see how people numb their pain.  

I  can see how pain can lead you down a road that may be very hard if not impossible to turn around and come back to Christ again.  I can see how we can question God's goodness even through the pain.

The pain of betrayal, hopes for the future crushed, desires thrashed, we grab onto the first thing that we think will make us feel better.  Make us 'normal' again, never realizing that we'll never be the same again.  Which is good.  Pain isn't meant to let you stay where you are.  It's meant to grow you in ways that even you don't understand or realize.  And pain can either lead you down a painful road far from the Lord or drawing closer to Him, holding on to Him in the midst of drowning.  But before you know it He will and always will work in your life.  If you cling to Him, He will guide you and be your anchor.  You may not get answers or your life 'back' but you will get a joy and peace that only HE can give you.  He must be the reason you wake up in the morning.  The reason you live your life.  The hope you hold onto in the midst of deep pain and heart ache and when you question and battle between these emotions and truths always- ALWAYS- cling to Jesus.  In the midst of your battle.

'Why does your heart carry you away, and why do your eyes flash' Job 5:12

'And the peace of God, which surpasses all understating, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ.' Phil 4:7

'A fool gives full vent to His spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.' Proverbs 29:11


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