020815 – Slowly Fading Away

One of the most emotional songs of the movie “Fireproof” is “Slow Fade.” It is obvious from the movie, and from real life, that some marriages seem to “fade away” from the love and commitments that were made on the day when the husband and wife said, “I Do.” The words of the song are very telling of some of the reasons for the slippery slope of the “slow fade” that comes on many marriages, and erases the wedding day commitments. Listen carefully to the words of the song.

Fireproof – Slow Fade – Casting Crowns

Read the words of the song. The message is powerful, and tells the story of many people who are caught up in sin. The initial thoughts of infidelity are often conceived in the minds of the parties two or three months before the sin is actually committed.

Slow Fade

Be careful little eyes what you see
It’s the second glance that ties your hands as darkness pulls the strings
Be careful little feet where you go
For it’s the little feet behind you that are sure to follow

It’s a slow fade when you give yourself away
It’s a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray
Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid
When you give yourself away
People never crumble in a day
It’s a slow fade, it’s a slow fade

Be careful little ears what you hear
When flattery leads to compromise, the end is always near
Be careful little lips what you say
For empty words and promises lead broken hearts astray

It’s a slow fade when you give yourself away
It’s a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray
Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid
When you give yourself away
People never crumble in a day

The journey from your mind to your hands
Is shorter than you’re thinking
Be careful if you think you stand
You just might be sinking

It’s a slow fade when you give yourself away
It’s a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray
Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid
When you give yourself away
People never crumble in a day
Daddies never crumble in a day
Families never crumble in a day

Oh be careful little eyes what see
Oh be careful little eyes what you see
For the Father up above is looking down in love
Oh be careful little eyes what you see

Let’s look at what God’s Holy Word says, as it relates to the distractions that may send a marriage sliding into that fade that often times may appear to be unstoppable. Consider the following verse of scripture.

1 John 2:16 New King James Version (NKJV)

16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.

Consider lust. It is something that you deeply desire, but is not yours to have, and once you have it, it can cause a great deal of emotionally painful damage. This type of damage is something that is called “collateral damage,” because it causes extreme pain to many other people who are innocent of the sin, and who share no connection to it, with children receiving the greatest pain.

Consider pride. It is something that makes your desire for some perceived pleasure affect the real life emotions of some other person, or persons. “I want it! I deserve it! Nobody, or nothing will stop me from having it!”

A slow fade can lead a marriage to divorce and destruction. A reversal of the fade can restore a marriage that has been slowly fading away.

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