Concordia Theological Monthly

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christian marriages, lutheran, mixed marriages, children, interracial, age, family, religion, bowman

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


In a certain sense every marriage is a mixed marriage, inasmuch as no two people are completely identical and perfect personalities, hence do not possess the same quality and measure of desirable traits and characteristics which diminish the probability of marital conflict and the necessity of day by day adjustment. Even the most exemplary Christians have sinful natures which make them variable, doing things they should not do, not doing things they should do (Rom. 7:19), and failing to preserve flawless control of themselves, especially when unexpected crises descend upon them. Even the noblest Christian hearts are still tainted with selfishness which may at any time erupt and disturb the family peace. Marital harmony and bliss are not a wedding gift, or an inheritance or dowry, but an elusive treasure that must be acquired and clutched by dint of ceaseless effort blessed by the God of all grace.


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Romans 7:19; Acts 5:29; Romans 16:17; 1 John 4:1; 1 Peter 3:15; Luke 14:26; John 8:31-32; Matthew 10:37-39; 2 Corinthians 13:8; John 15:5; Ephesians 5:22-24; Matthew 19:9; Matthew 5:32; Matthew 19:6;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars