What God Wants from Marriage

kinnon —  January 9, 2010 — 1 Comment

This post was triggered by @jaredcwilson's retweet of an @johnpiper tweet:
Crying real tears at the altar of God cannot replace covenant-keeping with your wife. Malachi 2:13-14

OlderCoupleonBeach And this is Eugene Peterson's translation of the above reference:

…You fill the place of worship with your whining and sniveling because you don't get what you want from God. Do you know why? Simple. Because God was there as a witness when you spoke your marriage vows to your young bride, and now you've broken those vows, broken the faith-bond with your vowed companion, your covenant wife. God, not you, made marriage. His Spirit inhabits even the smallest details of marriage. And what does he want from marriage? Children of God, that's what. So guard the spirit of marriage within you. Don't cheat on your spouse. [emphasis added]



A television editor, writer & director since 1978. A Christian since 1982. More than a little frustrated with the Church in the West since late in the last millennium.

One response to What God Wants from Marriage

  1. Great quote Bill, I think the church has taken that vow to lightly…it almost meaningless. With all the noise the church makes about keep this ritual from the hands of the state. This profound, mysterious covenant which has its roots in the origins of creation, of what relationship…has been the short leash that has kept me in my marriage.I don’t say that in a legalistic tone. Even the worst of times, when I’ve had bags packed, standing ready to go…that vow between God, my wife and me. Has always brought me back to reality.I think there is profound truth and reality, that the Spirit is always in that bond. Somehow, that has to be a starting point of redemption, of reconciliation…that the Spirit can resurrect broken marriage.


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