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5 Responses to “Making a Flourishing Marriage”

  1. Barnabas says:

    An excellent blog Mike. Does marriage have exclusivity on this approach ? Is the crux also the sharing of hearts? Any choice not to share is stealing from the relationship, so forgiving is restoring the relationship. Is there a heightened level of disclosure obligated upon a married couple? Is this this a transference of the disclosure previously facilitated by a parent? Can the single person without a support group suffer from not having the opportunity to disclose? Should the church act as a parent and partner?

  2. Mike Metzger says:

    Man, you ask a lot of questions.

    Scripture says to “speak the truth in love.” This seems to suggest we ought not to share every sordid sin we ever commit with our spouse. Confess only those sins that harm the friendship. Every sin requires confession before God. Some sins, if confessed to a partner, would do more harm than good. Discretion is required here. Married couples probably benefit from more disclosure than other friendships, although the Wesleyan groups were originally rather bald and bold in the level of sin they confessed to one another.

  3. Barnabas says:

    Thanx. Excellent point. The demarcation of disclosure within relationships with the Trinity, ourselves, partners, the family and community.
    A tension between being part of the Bride of Christ, marriage, family, community and Body of Christ.
    Encouragement of total disclosure to all being unhealthy.

  4. Sunnie says:

    Beautiful….Can’t wait until next Monday!

  5. Bobby Jones says:

    Well said but I would like to add after 52 years of marriage, to the same wonderful lady that saying “I forgive you” only has meaning when proved on the daily living out of that forgiveness.

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