Can marriage become an idol? If so, when? That’s the question Pastor John Piper tackled this week in his podcast.
The question comes from a woman named Valerie:
I deeply love my husband, and I am deeply grateful to God for lending him to me as my husband during this earthly life. But I don’t want to make him an idol in my life. What are some certain signs that I have made him in an idol in my life and in my personal security, and how can I love more and more my husband without finding my satisfaction in this relationship rather than my relationship with God?
Piper’s advice? He gives three ways you can tell:
- Does the thought, the real prospect of losing him, produce debilitating anxiety?
- Does your affection for and delight in your husband detract from or diminish your delight in the word of God, the people of God, and the service of God?
- Is your relationship with your husband regulated by the word of God?
Listen to him break those down below:
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