Infusion is a popular term used today in regards to the craft of making a good cup of tea. It’s the process of steeping to promote strength and character.
I love to look up the definition of words from Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary. He was the first person in the New World to commit to recording the definitions of the words used at the time using the Bible as his primary source. It is a rich resource that gives deeper meaning to words that have lost their original definition in our culture.
Infusion is one such word. Take a look at the modern definition:
: the addition of something (such as money) that is needed or helpful
: a drink made by allowing something (such as tea) to stay in a liquid (such as hot water) : a drink made by infusing something
Now look at how Mr. Webster defined it nearly 200 years ago:
|INFU’SION, n. s as z. The act of pouring in or instilling; instillation; as the infusion of good principles into the mind; the infusion of ardor or zeal.|
How can Christmas infuse your marriage with greater ardor or zeal? It’s simple really, but something you may not have considered.
Christmas is when we celebrate the birth of Christ. He entered our world, clothed in humanity to embrace our limitations. He experienced life as we do, yet because He was God, He lived without sin. It was His life, death and resurrection that has opened the way for us to know God in a way we couldn’t before Christ appeared. God is holy. Only those who are holy can approach His throne without fear. If you belong to Christ, then you have an open door of access to the Father. What a gift!
How does this Truth effect our marriage? It makes it possible for two sinners to love another in the same way Christ has loved us. He takes two separate individuals and makes them one flesh. No longer do we live for our own interests and pursue our selfish desires, but our heart and mind find great enjoyment in seeing our spouse blessed and loved.
A marriage infused by Christmas is strong and able to withstand the difficulties along the way.
- It is able to forgive when sinned against.
- It is able to serve when tired.
- It is able to love when the feelings have waned.
- It is able to pursue the good of another at great sacrifice to your own desires.
- It is able to humbly admit when you’ve sinned and ask for forgiveness.
- It is able to give and give and give, even when you don’t feel like it.
Best of all, a marriage that has been infused by Christmas, shines like the Star of Bethlehem over your relationship. Others see the way you love each other and notice. Others are surprised by the affection that exists between you two. They make comments which point to the strength your relationship with Christ has secured. They may not realize why your marriage stands strong in a culture where marriage isn’t valued, but you know why it is so.
And when this happens all glory goes to God in the Highest. He is exalted when we let His Word, His Son, His power shine brightly through our relationship. We are jars of clay, and left to ourselves would be worthless. But when Christ entered our world and won our hearts, the impossible became possible. Suddenly worthless objects had eternal value.
It is our privilege to make much of Christ at Christmastime and all year long. If you know Christ and love Him He will infuse your marriage with strength and hope that will satisfy and glorify Him for a lifetime.
How has Christmas infused your marriage in specific ways? Spend some time this evening talking about it with your spouse over a hot cup of infused tea.