Picture this scene. You’re outdoors, in the wilderness, walking at the foot of a big, beautiful mountain. Your spouse is walking next to you. You’re holding hands, walking through meadows and in the shade of oak trees. And God, your Father, is there too. He’s by your side. It’s just the three of you there, together.
Can you picture it?
What’s the hardest part for you to imagine? For a lot of us, it’s simply that there are now three. We’ve gotten used to thinking about our relationships with God, individually. Just us (singular) and God. When someone asks us, how’s your relationship with God? . . . we answer for ourselves. It’s good, right now. Or, it’s not so good. Or I’m struggling with this or that. We wouldn’t immediately assume that that kind of question is directed at ourselves and at our spouses, together.
After all, it’s not really intuitive to think about ourselves one half of one flesh. But that’s now reality for us. We are not who we were. So, God created you as an individual. Then he re-created you in Jesus. Then with the bond of marriage, he created something new yet again. He connected you with your spouse. He took two people and reshaped you into one flesh. One flesh, together . . . one. It’s no longer just you (singular). It’s now you (plural).
So, to experience the joy of marriage as God intended, to now experience all the aspects of our lives, as God intended, we must start living with intentionality as one flesh.
Join us for Episode 8 as we talk about what it means to pursue a one flesh marriage–and what an amazing tool this is to living, whole-heartedly, with Christ.
This week’s challenge:
Begin to practice being one flesh: spend time this week praying together, and spend a few minutes confessing with one another. Confess something you’ve never confessed, or share something you’ve never shared—a deep desire, something that you’re excited about, something you’re afraid of, something you’re struggling with.
For those of you struggling with this whole concept, generally, do some listening prayer and ask God what’s getting in the way of viewing your marriage as a one flesh union. And then surrender these things to Him. Get over yourself. Trust Him. And let go. Let your spouse in.
What is one challenge to viewing your marriage as a one flesh union? How can we pray for you?
Resources for one flesh marriages:
Soul Ties, an audio recording by Ransomed Heart
Pulling Back the Shades, by Dannah Gresh and Juli Slattery
The Five Love Languages for Couples, by Gary Chapman
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Thank you all so much for listening . . . and we’ll be back next week.