“Then he said, “Since I have ventured to speak to my lord, suppose twenty are found there?” He replied, “I will not destroy it on account of twenty.” Then he said, “Let my lord not be angry, and I will speak one more time. Suppose ten are found there?” He answered, “I will not destroy it on account of ten.”” (Genesis 18:31–32, CSB)
I will not destroy it on account of ten. Marriage is a wonderful platform from which to share the goodness and generosity of God’s character. When a husband and wife walk close to the Lord and one another, the incredible things that happen are showcased to the world we live in. Like a constantly running video, God allows his grace and mercy to flow effervescently in and over our friendships.
Many fail to grasp the enormity of a couple walking in peace with one another. We often don’t realize that what the Lord gives us is so unlike what the world experiences. The tranquility of inner peace and the power of partnership combine to display an enviable atmosphere others see and hunger for.
Such is the platform the surrendered and servant-hearted man and wife are able to speak life from. Yet, so many fail to enunciate the reasons for their joy and happiness, to the loss of those who would be eager to hear it.
It is at this point that Lot and his wife failed grievously. While they had lived in Sodom for some time, they had yet to influence others, much less bring them to saving faith. For the 21stCentury follower of Jesus, nothing could be more essential when it comes to the couple united in holiness.
The Prime Directive remains the mission statement of each individual and each couple who claim the name of Jesus. Amidst the cash and the chaos, God prods His people – especially couples – to use their platforms of peace to open the hearts and minds of their friends with the saving knowledge of Jesus their King.
Though Lot and his wife lost their community through their lack of influence, you have an incredible opportunity to work together, create a platform of mercy, and leverage that grace into something that will change lives as you speak of the goodness of God. All you need to do is speak the life you so constantly enjoy to those you live around!
Magnificent Marriage Mondays are helpful hints, clues, ideas, and solutions for the child of God who is looking for a spouse, in a relationship with someone, or are already married. Each post seeks to bring help, hope, and honesty to your life and make the rest of your life, the best of your life. They are written by Dr. Matthew Lee Smith, Executive Director of Eagles In Leadership, and come from his 38 years, 5 months and 2 days experience with his wife, Melodee, who was promoted to Heaven on November 11, 2017. He is currently seeking God’s will for his new life partner. He welcomes your comments below.