You are welcome to another new month in our year of From Glory to Glory! All through this month, via the Word of God, I will be sharing on Keeping Your Marriage Vows.
Let’s examine what marriage is. Marriage is a union. It is the coming together of two people of opposite sex, with a view to building a God-centred home. This entails one man, one woman. Marriage is the oldest institution in the world, and it has its root in divinity. God Himself, instituted it.
God designed marriage to work, but how you see it will determine whether it works for you or not. You must agree with God that when you enter into holy matrimony, you are stepping into a better way of life. Many lack this understanding, so they don’t enjoy the benefits of marriage.
God’s Word says: Man that is in honour, and understandeth not, is like the beasts that perish (Psalms 49:20). It is, therefore, important for you to understand that there is profit for you in marriage, and this understanding will enable you to make the most of it.
God is a God of purpose. There are reasons for everything God created and His purposes are revealed to us in His Word. That is why at creation, God did not waste time creating any worthless thing. He was judicious. Thus, marriage, which was instituted by God, is not worthless; it was intended to fulfil certain functions.
We shall further be examining God’s purposes for marriage, as revealed to us in His Word.
To Provide A Help Meet: The purpose God instituted marriage is to create help that is suitable, adaptable and complementary; not just any kind of help – a helpmate for all areas of life (Genesis 2:18). Contrary to God’s purpose, many homes, today, are hurting. Why? They do not have an understanding of the purpose of marriage. An understanding of this will go a long way in alleviating such hurts.
Spiritual Reinforcement: When a structure is reinforced, for instance, it is given added strength to make it stand firm, irrespective of the turbulence of the rain and tide. It is the same with marriage. This kind of spiritual reinforcement makes for spiritual prosperity. Reciprocal reinforcement among couples makes it easy for them to win spiritual battles (Ecclesiastes 4:9).
Companionship: God, Who said it is not good for man to dwell alone, knows better. It is unfortunate that many couples are missing out on this purpose for marriage. True companionship adds meaning to your marriage, because God expects you to have sweet communion, not only with Him, but with your partner also. Your spouse ought to be your best consultant, and closest associate in all things. When this happens, you will find pleasure and fulfilment in your marriage relationship.
Procreation: Marriage is for procreation. The human race is being maintained through marriage. God’s Word says: And God blessed them, and God said unto them, be fruitful, and multiply and replenish the earth, and subdue it… (Genesis 1:28). Here, it is worthy of note that the power to produce after their kind was transferred to the man and the woman.
After all said and done, the success of any marriage is determined by how well the couple align themselves with the purposes of God in this regard. Therefore, your alignment is very crucial in anticipation to enjoy the blessedness of marriage.
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 that, 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 email@example.com; 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).