“When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.”
-Joseph was faithful in law & wanted to divorce Mary when he realized that she was pregnant; but the angel intervened with a dream to settle his heart in confirmation that her conception was through the power of the Holy Spirit. Joseph displayed both faith & obedience; his faith in the divine revelation & obedience to God; to the point of taking Mary as his wife & consummating their marriage after the birth of Jesus. The Messiah became the uniting Sovereignty in their marriage & we are invited to invite Him in all our marriages with firm faith that He will guide us through His divine love in all aspects according to His will.
God instituted the institution of marriage, instructing the man to leave his father & mother; & be united to his wife, & the two become one flesh. God then provides a caution against divorce saying what He has joined together, no one should separate (Mat 19:4-6). Like Joseph was directed by the angel to marry Mary, God our Father has His own unique ways of directing us to our marriage partners & calls us to have faith in Him. Marriage essentially comes with great joy & fair share of challenges which may be effectively addressed through biblical truths & Gods merciful love. We also find Rebecca wife of Isaac & Zipporah wife of Moses who were found by the well of water, a place of godliness, exhibiting virtuous qualities. God in His wisdom unites a man & a woman as from old when Adam’s rib was removed to form Eve, & they become one flesh in Him. For our own good, not to restrict us, God calls each one of us to live in the right way in undivided devotion to Him (1 Cor 7:35). Through biblical foundations of marriage mostly explained in Ephesians 5 & 1 Corinthians 7, we find Gods wisdom & discover the divine purpose for marriage. In the last verses of Ephesians 5:32-33; we find that marriage is a profound mystery which has been likened to Christ & the church; constituting the only perfect marriage. God commands each husband to love his wife as he loves himself, & each wife to respect her husband & picture of Christs’ love for the church Who died on the cross for the salvation of each one of us. On the same wavelength, Jesus compares marriage to the Lambs wedding feast where we will be united with Him (the Bridegroom) in glory & we shall rejoice together with Him; forever & ever. Amen
We thank You Lord for instituting marriage. You have commanded us to love You God & one another as ourselves, bestow upon us Your love so that we may love unreservedly. You have given us marriage as a holy relationship that reflects our relationship with You. Show us how to follow Your example Jesus, & set aside our selfishness & pride, & serve each other with humility & sacrifice as You gave Your life for our redemption. Be with all those who are single & in relationships that You may train them & guide them according to Your divine wisdom. Restore all marriages Lord that have collapsed or at the verge of collapse according to Your divine purposes. Many among us Father are practice same sex marriages, have mercy on them Lord & remove all ungodliness from their hearts & show them Your salvation. Help us all Father to live righteous lives & help us to make firm decisions that are only focused on You. Cleanse us Jesus from all unrighteousness & prosper us in all good things. All glory & praise belongs to You Lord; now & forever. Amen
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