Thursday, October 2, 2008

Fireproof your marriage

My marriage, like many others (especially those with more years under their belt) has gone through both good and bad. The struggles sometimes seem endless and the passion a little short. Somehow both the relationship with each other and our relationship with God struggle during this low time. Even now as we go through counseling and work together to get closer, it always seems like we need a little help.

This past weekend I was fortunate enough to be invited by my in-laws to see the new movie Fireproof. Fireproof is a story about a young firefighter (Kirk Cameron) and his wife who are struggling in their relationship. They are at the breaking point and ready to give up. As the firefighter struggles to maintain his marriage, his father gives him a journal, known as the Love Dare, to help him gain his wife’s love and respect back. Through the help of his father and coworker, the firefighter realizes the mistakes he has made, both with his wife and God. Below is a trailer of the movie.

A breakout success, Fireproof was extremely successful in its debut weekend. Coming in fourth at the box office with a limited release says as much for the quality of the movie as it does the blessing God bestowed upon the message it contained.

My wife and I were extremely encouraged and motivated by this movie. For those struggling to find their way spiritually in their marriage, this is a must watch. Beyond the message of hope and healing, Fireproof is a fantastic movie with great acting and a good story.

Coming right out of the movie are a couple of resources that should help those who wish to work as a couple, or complete the Love Dare.

God’s word states,
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
To everyone who struggles, God is with you, and with Him you can do all things.

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