2020-07-20 A Three-Fold Cord

“ – a three-fold cord is not quickly broken.”
Ecclesiastes 4:12

It’s been awhile since my last post. Good reason because Melissa and I were married on the 11th. It was a wonderful day and week that followed. We have been dating three years and are very excited for our new lives together. God has been good to us!

While on our honeymoon in the Black Hills of South Dakota, we were entertained by an old gentleman that owns a cowboy chuckwagon and tour service. The location had many of the buildings used on the set of “Dances with Wolves” which was filmed in the Hills. Couple of interesting things about him. First, he told us his life story which was interesting in itself. What was most interesting to me was how he described his wild days as a young man but then attended a Billy Graham crusade and completely changed his ways. I think it’s pretty cool that he shares sthat. It should make us all think a little about how we might tell our own story. Do we include our re-birth?

The other thing was a rope he made for us. You see, we were in the blacksmith/shop area of the complex in which they made ropes. What was particularly interesting about this demonstration was that he made it out of six strands of toilet paper. Incredibly, those strands together made a rope that one cannot break by hand!

There is truth to what King Solomon said about partnership, particularly with marriage. You’re all familiar with this passage:

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him – a three-fold cord is not quickly broken.

We have great confidence in our union. Don’t get me wrong, we both come from broken marriages. This time is different. We both are firmly grounded in Christ and have made Him the foundation of our relationship. We have actively studied and are implementing Christ-centered principles. Jesus is first in all areas of our life. He comes before either one of us, and we come before any other human relationship. We have invited him to be our Lord in all areas of our life – our faith, our families, our finances, our calendar, our careers, and, yes, our bedroom.

I’m sure we will face times that test us, but we have no need to worry or be afraid. We both are born-again and have the Holy Spirit living inside of us. We are His, and he will be our shepherd and our light.

Philippians 1:6 And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.

Even so, God commands us to pray, so we ask you to pray for our marriage, that we honor God in all our affairs and be the salt and light that Jesus talks about so that others may give glory to God in heaven.

Thank you!

Father, I thank you for our marriage. It is good. We desire to keep Jesus the centerpiece of our lives. Guide us and shepherd us, Lord, so that we might always keep close to you. Amen.

Copyright © 2020 Scott Powers

 

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