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One Flesh!
Christian Devotional by Pastor Cecil Thompson

Cecil Thompson

Matthew 19:4-6

"'Haven't you read', He said, 'That at the beginning the Creator made them male and female and said, 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united with his wife, and the two will become one flesh.' So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.'"

You may be reading this on the 9th of July, since I send my Daily-E-Votionals out in the afternoon of the previous day, but this is the edition for July 10th. What a day this is for Joyce and I! It was fifty-six years ago, on July 10, 1952, that we were united as man and wife in Nampa, Idaho.

We have known each other since the beginning of the ninth grade, and immediately became sweethearts. Our relationship was in accordance with God's Word. We did not live together, as the manner of some is before they are married. Both of us entered married life as virgins. Oh, how I wish more couples were able to say that!

Across these fifty-six years we have observed many couples around us who struggle, fight, and all too often dissolve their marriage. I have devoted my ministry, among other things, to save as many marriages as possible. I pray that my words for today may be of help to you.

Today's passage, which Jesus spoke to a group of Pharisees who were trying to test Him, gives us the primary key to a harmonious marriage. "So they are no longer two, but one." It is not just two people living together, it is two individuals merging together to become one flesh.

It stuns me when I hear of couples wanting space from each other. It would be like one of your arms saying to a leg, "Hey! Take off, I want to have some alone time to discover the real me!" I don't think so. If we are to live as one flesh, then we are to be together as one. That does not mean going off and doing our own thing, then returning when we feel like it.

Here is some sound advice that perhaps will help us all. We are to become one with Christ in a love relationship. We are His bride and are to come under His authority. Wives! Anytime you rebel and fight the authority of your husband, remember that it was not the husband who made the rules, but the Lord Himself. Seek to fit in completely and lovingly into the leadership of your husband.

Stop gloating husbands. You are about to be toppled! Far too many husbands have demanded that their wives come under their submission. No! No! No! It simply does not work that way. Christ does not treat us that way. It is a choice that the bride makes because the husband has so fully given himself for her. That is what Christ did for the church - His bride. He did it on the cross.

Husbands are to love their wives in the same way that Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her. I have a question for all of us husbands. Are we dying for our wives? Do we put aside our own desires and sacrifice them that our wife may be cherished? That is every husband's assignment.

An even deeper question for all of us relates to our relationship to Christ. Are we submitting to His leadership in our lives? Do we seek to please Him in all that we do and say? Do we read His Word in order to know more about Him? Do we respond quickly to what His Word says? If so we are becoming more like Him as we watch for His return.

As Joyce and I celebrate with joy these 56 years of oneness, may all of us be prepared to spend an eternity of oneness with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Blessings dear hearts. Walk with God today. Trust Him completely and become a real blessing.

--- Pastor Cecil


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