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I’ll never forget the day that I took my wife’s hand and promised to love and cherish her for the rest of my life. I meant what I said, but I certainly didn’t comprehend all the implications of that commitment. And I still don’t fully understand this wonderful relationship that we’ve enjoyed.
God created the marriage relationship between a man and a woman to be a wonder-filled mystery. He made us different so that we would find our completion in one other. Marriage is the deepest of all human relationships, yet it paints a beautiful portrait of our intimate ties with God. It’s filled with love until death and produces much needed grace in times of hurt. Humility is essential and creates a highway for communication, one upon which forgiveness frequently travels.
Apostle Paul wrote about this unique bond in Ephesians 5:31 – 32, “As the Scriptures say, ‘A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.’ This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of how God has made Christ and the church one.”
The relationship between a man and woman in marriage create an image of the incredible unity between Jesus and His people. When I think of how much God’s loves me now and His great compassion before I came to know Him, it boggles my mind. What a mystery!
A mystery indicates there’s much that we don’t know. There’s plenty to learn about this wonder-filled mystery. Yet, there’s one thing that’s certain. The Bible is very clear about it. Immediately after describing the husband/wife relationship, the Apostle Paul wrote, “However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband” (Ephesians 5:33).
Love and respect: they are the two ingredients that produce unity in this mysterious union.
К Ефесянам : Chapter 5
28) Точно так и мужья должны любить своих жен, любить, как свое собственное тело. Тот, кто любит свою жену, любит самого себя. 29) Ведь нет такого человека, кто бы ненавидел свое тело, но каждый питает свое тело и заботится о нем. Так и Христос заботится о Церкви, 30) потому что мы – члены Его тела. 31) «Поэтому оставит человек отца и мать и соединится со своей женой, и двое станут одной плотью»[e]. 32) В этих словах скрыта великая истина, и я говорю вам, что они относятся к взаимоотношениям Христа и Церкви. 33) А что касается вас, пусть каждый муж любит свою жену, как самого себя, и жена пусть почитает своего мужа.
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Sammy’s lifelong adventure has come at a great price. He’s been cursed, threatened, arrested, deported, and blacklisted. He’s also been personally broken, ravaged with illness, and devastated by grief.
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STM has been providing inspiration and help around the world for nearly 50 years. Sammy Tippit, founder and president, is a world renowned counselor, teacher and evangelist with experience serving and helping people in over 80 countries. Sammy provides materials that help people tackle a broad array of social, societal, psychological and spiritual issues. He is particularly passionate about making materials accessible to other countries around the world. Sammy is married to Debara “Tex” Tippit, and they have two children and five grandchildren.
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