by J.D. Greear

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Fighting, Jesus Style (4 of 6)
Series: First Love - Ephesians 5
JD Greear
Ephesians 5:25- 27; 4:25-32

We are in our 4th week in a series called First Love. We are studying the New Testaments' classic passage on relationships, Ephesians 5:21-32. Eph 5:21-32 is specifically about marriage and singleness, but Paul says these things are really just windows into our hearts, so we're learning principles that apply to us whatever marital status we are in.

I hope some of you married people had fun doing what I asked you last week-telling your spouse one thing that happened that day and how you felt about it. One wife complained that every time she asked her husband how he felt all he said was, ''Hungry'' and ''how can you serve me?'' So she's not sure he's actually been ''getting'' the point of the messages. And I heard that Marty, the guy whose wife had emasculated the sheep, had not given his wife a heads up that he had given me permission to share that story and so she was surprised, with everyone else, to hear about her mishap in church, and so, he said, they had quite a discussion when they got home from church... which brings me to this week's subject, conflict resolution and forgiveness.

Conflict happens in all relationships, but especially marriage. One of my pet peeves is how sentimental and sappy marriage is often presented in church. This seems especially true in wedding sermons. Sermons at weddings usually have about as much depth and reality as a Hallmark card. You want to say, 'Awww.''

Actual marriage is anything but sweet and sentimental. On the one hand, it is this glorious, burning joy; on the other it's hard, harder than you ever realized-blood, sweat, and tears. It's almost everything except ''sweet.'' ''Many married people, on many a-­-night, go to bed-after a hard day of marriage-and about the only part of this Eph 5 passage they can remember is the verse, 'This is all a profound mystery.'''1 So we're going to talk today about conflict ...

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