“A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” (Ecclesiastes 4:12)
Valentine’s Day is celebrated this month; it’s only fitting that we emphasize the subject of marriage. With the ongoing advances of the same sex radical movement, it is crucial that churches continue to fervently defend biblical marriage.
Marriage is a God-ordained institution; God intended for it to be a lifelong relationship between a man and a woman. The permanence of marriage is repeatedly affirmed in the Scriptures. For those of you who are married, you have experienced a level of oneness in your relationship. Genesis 2:24 says… “for this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.”
Problems and conflicts are inevitable in marriage. Yes, marriage is high-maintenance. But, a marriage built upon Christ has the tools necessary to weather any storms that come your way. The Holy Spirit is the “third strand” of the cord that gives marriage the strength and the super-glue to hold it together. Marriage ought to mirror the passionate love Christ has for the church. Couples need to intentionally invest in the relationship. A big part of marriage is giving, sacrificing, and being unselfish. Communication, collaboration, and commitment are the cornerstones of marriage. God also wants husbands and wives to experience the deep joy, satisfaction, and power that come from praying together. Spouses that pray together find that their relationship is enriched, even transformed.
Seek then to strengthen your marriage and reconnect with your spouse every opportunity you get. Strive to stay in love through all stages of life. I encourage you to proclaim God’s intention for marriage as a lifelong covenant that glorifies His name, edifies His church, and testifies to the nation. Beloved married couples, as you walk in covenant together, endeavor to show the next generation God’s design for marriage. The way the Bible portrays marriage is His best plan for the world. As parents, your committed love for each other is the best gift you can give your children. So, take time out for your spouse; enhance your relationships and deepen your bonds of love for one another. And for those anticipating marriage, keep yourself pure and healthy until that day when you can offer yourself as the best gift to your spouse. May God bless all marriages!