COMMITMENT IS REQUIRED
It is with joy and gladness that I welcome you to this wonderful month. I thank God for the privilege to bring God’s Word your way again. My prayer is that God’s design for your blissful marriage shall be established in Jesus name. I shall be exploring on a very dynamic tool that makes for a successful marriage; which is “Commitment”.
No successful marriage is either an accident or realised by wishful thinking; it comes by commitment. Marriage is not a temporary arrangement, but a commitment for life. If this is true, you may ask why is the divorce rate so high today even among Christians? The answer is that many couple are not committed to each other. The Bibles says in Genesis 2:24
“Therefore, shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”
In essence, God is saying that a man shall leave his father and mother, and be committed to his wife as well as the institution of marriage, and then by virtue of that commitment they become one flesh. Same goes for the wife. Husband and wife, how committed are you to your marriage and family? If you must enjoy family success which is God’s will for you, then commitment is a must!
What is Commitment?
The Cambridge dictionary defines commitment “as a willingness to give your time and energy to something that you believe in, or a promise or firm decision to do something. In other words, your will must translate to action. Your commitment must be more than words.
“Marriage is a total commitment and a total sharing of the total person with another person until death.”- Wayne Mack.
Paul said in 1 Corinthians 6:12:
“All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient …” Commitment makes you choose the expedient above the lawful. It makes you forgo some things that you like or take pleasure in. Sometimes, rights and privileges that are lawfully yours may have to be forfeited in the interest of the family.
Commitment is the pillar of any fruitful marriage and the family. It is the glue that binds a marriage together. When commitment is lacking in the relationship between a husband and wife, the likelihood of that family surviving are very slim. What the spinal cord is to the body is what commitment is to marriage and the family. Without it, the body will be limp and paralyzed.
Families with great success potentials suffer severe setbacks and failure as a result of lack of commitment. I once read the story of a twenty-five-year-old marriage that ended in separation due to a lack of commitment of both the husband and wife.
To enjoy family success, you must be committed both to the institution of marriage and to your spouse. Look at this wonderful scripture:
“What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.” Mark 10:9.
Even though God has joined you together, you must be committed to one another, so that nothing is allowed to put you asunder.
Again, God’s Word says: Marriage is honourable; that is, respectable. The individuals in it sometimes may not be. Marriage, as an institution established by God, is perfect, but the individuals in it are not. People change as they grow, but marriage is constant. It is an unchanging institution. To build a successful marriage, therefore, those in it must learn to honour marriage itself. This is the secret!
You cannot have a successful marriage without knowing the One who instituted marriage. If you are not born again, there is no way you can be committed to God and you can never be committed to your marriage. You need to give your life to Christ.
Do you wish to invite Jesus into your marriage? This is done by confessing your sins and accepting Jesus as your Saviour and Lord. If you desire to do so right now, please pray this prayer with faith in your heart: Dear Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me my sins and cleanse me with Your Blood. I accept You as my Lord and personal Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Thank You for delivering me from sin and satan to serve the living God and thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom.
Congratulations! If you prayed this simple prayer of faith with me, you are now born again and a child of God. He loves you and will never leave you. Read your Bible daily, obey God’s Word and seek Christian fellowship (John 14:21).
With this, you are guaranteed all-round rest and peace in Jesus’ Name! Call or write to share your testimonies with me through firstname.lastname@example.org, 07026385437 OR 08141320204.
For more insight, these books authored by me are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian bookstores: Building a Successful family, Making Marriage Work, and Success in Marriage (Co-Authored).
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