When marriage looks like Jesus


Scripture reminds us that marriage is intended to be a display of the gospel message. In contemporary culture marriage is under assault. While it is true that there is a concerted effort to redefine marriage in the larger public, I am more concerned about the assault on marriage happening inside the church than I am what is happening outside. We who call ourselves Christ followers should be foremost in our commitment to marriage and yet divorce, adultery and sexual freedom seems to run rampant in our midst.

It is against this backdrop that a few distinct examples stand out and beckon to us to return to Christ-like fidelity within the marriage relationship. One of the more beautiful examples seen in recent years is the display of love expressed by Dr. EV Hill, in 1987, as he led the funeral service for his first wife of 32 years. If you have not taken the time to listen to this message, I would strongly encourage you to do so. You will begin the message laughing at his wit, spend a bit of time amazed at his composure, but you will almost certainly end the message meditating on the deep love of God displayed through Dr. Hill and his wife towards one another.

Without question, this is among the most moving messages I have ever heard.

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Micah is a husband to Tracy & a daddy to Grace, Kessed & Haddon. He’s Senior Pastor at Brainerd Baptist Church in Chattanooga, TN. Most of all, he’s a debtor to grace.

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