THEME: HONOR IN MARRIAGE
Ecclesiastes 4:12 NIV
“Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”
-In the context of a marriage, a couple united by strong bonds of love and governed by Jesus Christ is able to stand firm. Marriages are ordained by God and it is proper to keep Christ in the middle of all marriages. Since two are better than one, the couple obtains favor, and has a good reward for their toil. When one falls the other lifts up his/her partner. If two lie together they keep warm. Two are better than, and the third code who is Christ, cements the marriage union in codes of love that cannot be broken. When the husband and wife honor Christ, then the marriage union is honored.
Marriage is a covenant between a man and woman who make solemn promises before God, family, and friends that they will “love, honor, and cherish” one another until “death us do part.” In front of witnesses, a marriage is solemnized and seals through blood in consummation. Even though it is not difficult to dishonor the marriage when one or both partner commit sexual immorality.
Hebrews 13:4 reveals that, ”marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.” The people of Sodom and Gomorrah were judged because the majority were sexually immoral and only Lot and his family were saved. Malachi 2:14 says that, “You ask, “Why?” It is because the Lord is the witness between you and the wife of your youth. You have been unfaithful to her, though she is your partner, the wife of your marriage covenant.” It is from within a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly (Mark 7:20-23). 1 Corinthians 6:16 tells us that, since two have become one, when one unites himself with a prostitute becomes one body with her. Perversions like prostitution, adultery, fornication, pornography, masturbation, have been common in today’s society and have been a major cause of divorce, apart from financial matter, and other issues. God hate’s divorce, and if anyone divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery” (Matthew 19:9). Let us continue praying that the Holy Spirit fills us with the fruit of love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control, against which there is no law (Galatians 5:22-23). Love is the fruit of the Spirit and it is the greatest between faith and hope (1 Corinthians 13:13). When every other thing fails, love remains. God is love, and He gives us the Agape kind of love that never fails. The love that Jesus Christ gave us when He sacrificed Himself on the cross for the sake of our redemption. In the marriage God calls us to have Agape love which is unconditional and sacrificial in nature. Romans 12:9-10 reminds us that, “Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” Honor should be given to each other as the man is commanded to love his wife and his wife commanded to respect him. Love much be sincere, as the couple. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 reminds us that, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” Love never fails. The purpose of marriage is ultimately a reflect our relationship with God and one another founded by love, in every aspect as instructed in His word. In conclusion, for us to create an Eden in our marriages, we need to have God at the center, so that many may see Him through us and glorify His name.
We give thanks to You Lord and praise Your name for You are good and Your mercies endures forever. We proclaim Your name and make known what You have done among all the nations. We sing praises to You Lord and tell of all Your wonderful acts. We glory in Your holy name and rejoice in You Lord. We seek Your face always in our lives, relationships, marriages and nation. We call on You to take over our marriages for You are our Lord and nothing is hard for You. May You bless us Lord and keep us. May You make Your face to shine upon us and be gracious to us. May You lift up Your countenance upon us and give us peace. We pray this believing and trusting in Jesus mighty name. Amen
Further reading: 1 Corinthians 7:1-40