As we conclude this study about how to look deeply at a potential spouse before you leap into marriage with them, Pastor Ford looks at some more examples from the book of Ruth and encourages men to carefully consider a woman’s character before she becomes his wife.
When considering someone as a potential spouse, one way to determine if they have a Christ-like attitude is to observe their willingness to be self-sacrificial for the good of the relationship. Jesus sacrificed Himself for all of us and is the supreme example for us all to follow as we serve each other, especially in marriage.
As we continue to look at what it means to launch out into the deep, we’ll see that Peter didn’t understand the capacity of the blessings that Jesus wanted to bestow on Him. That’s because he was too small in his thinking. And because of that, he missed out on some of the blessings.
Many people think they will be able to change their prospective spouse once they are married to them. But Pastor Ford reminds us today that it’s a very dangerous thing to think that you’re going to change somebody. That strategy almost certainly leads to disappointment and unmet expectations.
On today’s Treasured Truth, Pastor Ford reminds us that there are only two kinds of marriages. You’re either growing up in marriage or you’re giving up. So, we should all consider this—when we react to a problem in marriage, what are we doing? Are we growing up, or are we giving up?
Pastor James Ford Jr. has been the senior pastor of Christ Bible Church of Chicago, located on the south side of Chicago, Ill., for over 35 years. He also serves as the president of Impact Ministries, an outreach ministry committed to strengthening families in the South Shore community of Chicago.
Treasured Truth is a 24-minute radio program, airing daily. Each day, James Ford, Jr., Pastor of Christ Bible Church of Chicago, presents clear, powerful Bible teaching-adding godly wisdom and guidance to listeners' daily walks with Christ. Pastor Ford uses his breadth of experience to bring Christ-centered, expository preaching that is relevant to an audience of all races and cultures.