“Blessed Alliance”

Had a discussion w/Ryan the other night regarding spiritual matters (that’s code for I was crying a lot & Ryan was comforting me). During this conversation he mentioned how as we’re wrestling to work toward an understanding of who God is (which we will never conclude this side of eternity) we’re describing Him and His actions…. an Infinite God… using finite language.

He read that somewhere along the way, so it wasn’t an original thought, but it was incredibly helpful to me & odds are I won’t be getting around to reading whatever book that was anytime soon.

Which reminds me, I’ve been meaning to share the following quote with you from Renewal as a Way of Life by Richard Lovelace:

Most divorces among Christians probably occur because the parties have not realized that marriage is a contract to aid in one another’s sanctification. Without this realization, we become experts at what is wrong with one another, without recognizing that the information our spouse is giving us about ourselves is an essential aid to our spiritual growth.

So thanks Ryan, for “serving God as an agent of [my] sanctification” (also Lovelace).

3 thoughts on ““Blessed Alliance”

  1. “marriage is a contract to aid in one another’s sanctification…”

    Wow! Now that is a great quote!!!

  2. Was listening to a sermon the other day, and the speaker said that we run into trouble when we talk about God in human terms b/c we’re trying to use words that explain how humans relate to each other to explain how God relates to His creation and those two groups (the created-to-created and creator-to-created) simply cannot be compared. He started his talk by pointing out that it is worth discussing, even if we can’t and won’t get it right this side of heaven. Very humbling. Don’t worry – you’re not alone!!!

  3. Jennifer thats awesome…you and your husband are so encouraging..
    I love that quote!
    as Brian and I have been talking about it…
    I would go further on top of that and say…
    Adoption into God’s family is a “contract to aid in one another’s sanctification” =D
    brian gave me this vs..
    1 John 3 says
    vv 16: “By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers”


    oh had an idea for sanctification song…….
    “refiners fire” know of it?