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A New Marriage

And he who was seated on the throne said, "Behold, I am making all things new." Revelation 21:5

My wife and I are reading Paul David Tripp's What Did You Expect? It is one of the best marriage books I have ever read.  To be honest, I often feel a level of guilt for reading a book on marriage in light of my own sins and shortcomings in my first marriage.  Shame loves to rear its ugly head in certain moments and yell, "Why are you reading a marriage book now? If you had been as focused on your first marriage as you are on your second, then maybe you would not be in this situation!"

Guilt and shame hinder and prevent healing, redemption, and growth. They love to remind us of past sins in hopes that we will stay focused on our failings and regrets instead of the liberating work of Jesus on the cross.  Guilt and shame are brutal wardens.

While reading Tripp's book yesterday, I was moved with this incredible reminder:

"Perhaps the brightest, most wonderful c…