Perhaps the most fundamental idea in a place of refuge is the promise of protection. We have been talking about our marriages being places of refuge where acceptance, affection, and provision are consistently provided by both spouses for each other. But perhaps the greatest element in a “refuge marriage” is the protection that the marriage provides for the couple. Marriage can protect us from the temptations and trials of the world, provide breathing space, and safety. It is also important to understand our mutual responsibility to protect the marriage from influences – both internal and external – that can serve to erode our marital oneness.
If a “refuge marriage” is one that increasingly reflects the love between Christ and His church, then it is essential that we first understand just what a refuge we have in Jesus Christ. Paul is quick to remind us that “in Christ” are to be found all the promises of God including that of Ps. 46:1: God is our refuge and strength, a very present h