Wednesday, January 11, 2023
So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
Then God blessed them and said, "Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground."
As we have seen in previous devotionals, our Creator is the God of relationships, and He also made many of us with a need for a unique, intimate, authentic, spiritual connection with someone different from us. In God's plan, a man and a woman become one flesh.  Jesus taught that this relationship should be a life-long commitment in marriage.  Marriage must be valued and honored among God's people and kept holy.  Those who marry are to take on God's character — faithfulness, merciful, graciousness, slowness to anger, and abounding in steadfast love. Such a marriage is God's place to bring new life into existence and build a stable family that honors God.  While these values may not be the world's values for marriage, Scripture makes clear that these values find their origin in the character of God himself:
The Lord passed before him, and proclaimed,
The Lord, the Lord,
a God merciful and gracious,
slow to anger,
and abounding in steadfast love.
(Exodus 34:6 NRSV)
Father, we acknowledge that as Your people, we have not valued marriage and the gift of children as we should have. Many of us carry deep concerns for our society's apparent disregard for the marriage commitment, the sanctity of human life, the value of each child, and the protection of the intimate love between a husband and wife. Forgive us for our personal failures. Reawaken us to the power of the Holy Spirit to make our marriages new and fresh, our commitments lasting, and our character shaped to be Your character. We pray for Your help in Jesus' name. Amen.
Together in Christ is a daily devotional that focuses on what Scripture teaches about godly living in relationships.
'Together in Christ' is written by Phil Ware.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
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