No one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again. (John 3:3)

“I THOUGHT I KNEW all there was to being married,” Mary said, sobbing. She clung to her tissue, occasionally dabbing the tears off her face. “We have been married for twenty years! I thought we were both working toward the same goals. I thought we were both happy. But now I know I was wrong. I found out about his affair a week ago, and I realized we both need help to get our marriage back on track.” Mary glanced over at her husband. His face was buried in his hands.

Their counselor gave an encouraging nod. “I’m glad you came in right away. Your marriage is salvageable, but I want to suggest that neither of you knows all there is to being married. When I meet with couples like you two, I tell them the story of Nicodemus. Nicodemus was a teacher in Jesus’ day. He was a Pharisee and a leader in the temple. He should have been well versed on matters of faith, but he was clueless about how to enter the kingdom of God! Jesus told Nicodemus that he needed to be born again. He needed to start over. He needed to relearn what really mattered in order to enter the kingdom of God.

“You two also need to relearn some things. You need to start with the basics. Like Nicodemus, you need a fresh beginning.”

Refresh your knowledge of the basics of your faith.

Amy Knepp is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University and is a stay-at-home mother of four children.