Paul Tripp raised an important question for married people in his book titled, “What did you expect?”
Many enter marriage with unrealistic expectations. They fail to understand what it realistically means for two sinners to enter a covenant relationship like marriage.
In the following audio message, I asked, “What should you expect?” This is a bit of a different approach.
If we choose to marry someone who claims to have received God’s forgiveness and salvation, what should we expect? What difference should it make in the way one views and relates to other people? Scripture tells us that, “… when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior…”
So what should we expect to see in a person’s life if he or she experiences God’s forgiveness and salvation?
Since Scripture warns us not to enter into a covenant with an unbeliever (II Corinthians 6:14), it assumes we can tell the difference between a believer and an unbeliever. What is that difference? If we find the answer to this question, we’ll gain insight into what we should expect.
Yes, as with Tripp’s book, we must guard against expectations that are not based on the narrative of the gospel. But, as I am suggesting, we equally must expect the vertical encounter of the gospel (between a man or woman and God) to send transforming influences into horizontal life (relationships on earth).
To listen to the message, click here.