Read 1 John 1:1-10
How do people today think of Christians? Do they think of nice people that love everyone and show grace or do they think of hypocritical people who loudly denounce anything and everything that is against their beliefs? If you had to be completely honest, you would probably tend to lean more to the latter. Unfortunately, Christians today are more associated with fear than love. When people see Christians, more often than not, they keep to themselves because they don’t want to be condemned. We wish it weren’t true, but this is the world we live in.
However, we are challenged to eradicate this stereotype. We, as Christians, are called to love when no one deserves it and serve when no one else will. When people look at us, they should see the Jesus in us. One of the most effective ways that we can do this is through our relationships. While they are never perfect and are full of differences of opinions, how we treat each other in the context of relationships could speak volumes to others of the light inside of us.
First John 1 commands us to walk in the light, with the light being God’s plan for us. God designed marriage as a beautiful thing and we are to treat it as such. If we claim to be “in the light” but our relationships show otherwise, we are deceiving people. God’s plan for marriage is to be an example to others.
The truth is, marriages are never going to be perfect. A marriage involves a sinful husband and a sinful wife. With two fallen people making a life-long commitment, things are going to be tough. Our challenge, however, is to remain faithful and to have our marriage be a godly example to others. We may have made mistakes in the past, but 1 John 1:8-10 tells us that God will forgive us and purify our lives. It is never too late to make amends and commit to a dynamic marriage.
In our society today, the common view of marriage is that it is something people can just throw away at the first sign of difficulty. By that logic, no marriage would ever last. You are going to encounter bumps in the road, but nothing speaks to others more clearly than a resilient marriage. If you claim to be followers of Jesus, let your marriage be the leading catalyst. Be an example to the masses.