I was thinking the other day about the trilogy and soon–to-be-made movie of 50 Shades of Grey, and how it has been such a detriment to what a healthy relationship is as defined by God. It makes me appreciate all the more the effect the grace of God has had on my marriage. Sure Tom and I make choices based on our likes and dislikes, but it’s God who has set our boundary lines in pleasant places. And there is safety and health when a marriage stays within His boundaries.
The amazing thing is how much freedom the grace of God has given us! It is the grace of God that teaches us to say NO to ungodliness:
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.
(Titus 2:11-14 ESV) emphasis added
and it is for freedom that Christ has set us free, to no longer be in bondage to sin.
For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.
(Galatians 5:1 ESV)
Next week I’m going to share with you 50 evidences of God’s grace in a healthy marriage.
NOTE – Here are quick links to the 50 evidences of God’s grace posts:
- 50 Shades of Grace Part 1
- 50 Shades of Grace Part 2
- 50 Shades of Grace Part 3
- 50 Shades of Grace Part 4
- 50 Shades of Grace Part 5
It is astounding how much His grace effects everything we do, including how we love and serve our spouse. Let’s take time to celebrate the gift His Grace is to each of us.
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