Wednesday, 11 April 2007

For better, for worse

I recall the words of the marriage covenant this morning. A man pledges to his bride to love her no matter what condition they pass through. The woman does the same, committing herself to love "in sickness and in health, for better for worse." Some have said these statements should not be included in the marriage vows because they are 'negative.' I don't have a problem with them because they reflect an understanding that true covenant is unconditional commitment.

God did not promise us a life without tribulation. What He promised us is victory at every turn. Each battle has something to teach us; each victory brings glory to God in a new way. So, whatever the conditions of our lives, we can commit to God and be sure that He is committed to us. Paul said he learnt how to abound and be abased (Phil 4:12). He concluded that nothing can separate him from the love of Christ (Romans 8:35-39). This is covenant - "for better, for worse."

In just over 24 hours time, I shall be in the plane again. But I'm having to use Benylin for Flu to overcome a bit of aches and fever in my body. I'm having to trust God for the family's daily bread. In spite of these, my pledge of commitment is not waning. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.


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