THE GRASS SUFFERS

11 Sep

THE GRASS SUFFERS

An African proverb says, “When the elephants fight, it’s the grass that suffers.

Do you have any idea what your children—your grass—are seeing in your marriage when you have a conflict?  What kind of model for the husband/wife relationship is beginning to emerge in their minds?  Do they see it as a union of peace and harmony and joy, or of strife and discord and disappointment?

We have often seen Ecclesiastics 4:9, 10 as a beautiful example of godly parenting.  When two parents are on the same page—which is God’s ideal—then they support one another and give their kids a sense of security and consistency.  In that case, the grass beneath them grows verdant, beautiful, and attractive.

But there is more, “Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; but how can one be warm alone?  Though one may be over-powered by another, two can withstand him.  And a threefold cord is not quickly broken” (Eccles.4:11-12).

Christian marriage is a cord of three strands—a husband, a wife, and a third party, Jesus Christ.  Those three strands, bound together, are not easily broken.  And they work together in unity to nurture the healthiest kind of grass on the planet.  Protect the strength of that unity.  Your oneness gives security and comfort to your children.

NOTE:  This article is from the book Family Life and Marriage Bible by Dennis and Barbara Rainey.

NOTE:  Daily there is a new post to help your marriage succeed.

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