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Keeping Your Marriage Vows! (2)

Dear Reader,

It is a great joy for me to bring God’s Word your way today. Last time, I brought you the introductory part of this teaching. I examined what marriage is, and God’s purposes for instituting marriage.

My marriage has been very exciting; I have tasted God’s goodness in it, and I must say that I’m thoroughly enjoying myself.  I often humorously say that although the Bible makes it very clear that there is no marriage in heaven (and I believe it), but I believe my mansion will be next to my husband’s, when we finally get to heaven! I can’t imagine otherwise what heaven will be like for me.

Marriage is meant to be exciting. If yours has lost its excitement, God can impart His joy and goodness into it once again. Yes, He can make something special out of your home, just like He formed man out of the dust of the earth (Genesis 2:7).

What is Marriage Vow? Marriage vow is a promise partners make to each other during a wedding ceremony.  Marriage vows are the conditions of the covenant set forth, before the marriage takes place.

Marriage is a lifetime commitment with conditions. A commitment without conditions automatically means anything goes. The exchange of marriage vows is a very romantic moment, and often, the perfect moment to express your feelings towards each other.

Remember the day that you walked down the aisle dressed in white and the man, in suit.  That day, you said certain things before God and some gathered witnesses.  You said things like love, honour, cherish.  Do you realise the gravity of those vows before God?

God’s Word says: When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed. Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay (Ecclesiastes 5:4-5).

Numbers 30:2-16 has even more to say. Your marriage vow before God holds much value to Him.  It actually means that if you are not fulfilling your vow, you are in sin.  If you’ve been failing (or if you fail) in this area, then you need to seek repentance and get it right with God and your husband.

God’s Word affirms that a “marriage vow” is related to the covenant between “Christ and His Bride — the Church.”  Marriage vow is a commitment by the marriage partners, to rise-up together against those situations that would threaten the marriage covenant relationship from outside the marriage.

Nonetheless, the ability to keep one’s promise to “love, honour, cherish, etc” (keeping the marriage vows), is rooted in godly character.  For God’s Word says: For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come (I Timothy 4:8).

An important characteristic of this marriage vow is that it is meant to be for life (1 Corinthians 7:39). God is saying, therefore, don’t deal deceptively with your wife or husband because it’s a life of commitment.

My greatest heart’s desire for you, as you read this article and apply the values therein, is that your marriage will come alive and be full of joy, laughter and excitement, as mine is.

Any marriage outside Christ cannot escape difficulties and troubles. No wonder, married unbelievers see themselves as trapped. If you are not born again, you are not entitled to the fulfilment in marriage that God has reserved for those who love Him. To become born again, you have to confess your sins and accept Jesus as your Lord and personal Saviour. If you are set for this new birth experience, say this prayer of faith: “Dear Lord Jesus, I come to You today as a sinner. Forgive me of my sins. I believe You died and rose on the third day for my sins.  I accept You as my Lord and Saviour.  Make me a child of God today. Thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom.”

Congratulations, you are now born again! I believe that you will begin to experience the reality of the price that Jesus paid for your sins at Calvary. All-round rest and peace are guaranteed you in Jesus’ Name! Call or write, and share your testimonies with me through contact@faithoyedepo.org; OR 07026385437 and 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: Marriage Covenant, Making Marriage Work, Building A Successful Home and Success in Marriage (Co-Authored).

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