Marriage 101

“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.” ~ Ephesians 5:25

 

Understanding the Purpose of Marriage

“And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.” ~ Genesis 2:18

Marriage is a sacred vow between a man and woman and the Bible offers many verses that offer guidance for married couples, husbands, wives, newlyweds and engagement.  A successful marriage depends on knowledge — knowing and understanding God’s principles.

Genesis 2:22-24  22 Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.  23 The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.”  24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.

No one understands marriage better than God, He created it. God saw the state of man that made all prior good seem to be bad, Hence, in one singular move he corrected that situation and that step was marriage.  It is indeed awesome for an individual to progress from being single to being in a relationship and then unto marriage. However, more than the awesomeness, there is a need for a comprehension of the essence of each phase of life itemized.  

Surely, we all can appreciate that when the purpose of a thing is unknown, abuse, misuse and lack of value is therefore inevitable. Hence, it is very important that everyone going into the institution of marriage are well acquainted with God’s desires and intentions for marriage for it serves as the engine which runs the union.

Marriage is honorable because it is of divine rather than human origin. When God decided that man should no longer live alone, He saw needs that couldn’t be met by the presence of any other entity but an entity made from man himself.

Companionship Made It Good

The main essence of marriage that God showed man in the beginning (Genesis 2:18) was for companionship and for a help meet for the man. Yet, the life of a man/woman might seem so complete like Adam (before Eve showed up).  

But the expedient intimacy that his life needed aside from God, the companionship and partnership needed to keep that man/woman going for the rest of their days is in only one person – his/her spouse. Companionship isn’t in staying together but rather being together. “Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.” ~Proverbs 18:22 

It’s amazing how one day someone walks into your life,
and you cannot remember how you ever lived without them.

Dr. Myles Munroe stated, “Marriage is two imperfect people committing themselves to a perfect institution, by making perfect vows from imperfect lips before a perfect God.”  Having a ‘someone special’ in your life is a blessing. What’s best is that if this person stayed with you forever, you tend to forget your past, agony, pain, and just simply be happy!

Unified Dependence

Another general purpose that was in the mind of God for instituting marriage is the sustenance of man and woman while they walked the earth. Realize that it takes only a few minutes to get married but building a marriage requires a lifetime. There might be moments in life that there is no one that seeks your comfort and succour like the one God has destined to be with you. God made life in a way that man has to be in dependence of another. There is always a need for someone in our life, hence your spouse.   

True love stands by each other’s side on good days and stands closer on bad days.

Love or feelings does not guarantee success in marriage. Marriages stand the test of time when both you and your spouse work towards making things better. And we are tested the most when we face adversities. If you can sail through the adversities as one, as a team, then you have won half the battle.

Sexual Pleasure

It is in God’s heart that man should enjoy the days of his pilgrimage on the earth. One of the main vehicles God designed for man’s pleasure is marriage. Hunger for sexual pleasure is integrated into the core being of man and marriage alone offers the satisfying pleasure to this hunger; only marriage does it.

Marriage – the roots are deep, the covenant is solid,
love is sweet, life is hard, and God is good.

God’s intervention in the vows, ceremonies, and our lives is magical! Marriage, which is strong and solid, coupled with God’s blessings becomes rock solid and cannot be broken by anything.

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Fruitfulness & Multiplication

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“And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” ~ Genesis 1:28

The mind of God is to have the earth filled with the same kind of man and woman following after Him. Fruitfulness and multiplication by man is aimed to fill the earth because the resources on earth are excessive for just one generation. More so, God wants the dominion of man to continue forever and while man cannot live forever, yet his seed (biological and spiritual) can continue his dominance.

Marriage is a gift from God to us. The quality of our marriage is our gift to Him.

People say marriages are made in Heaven, and maybe they are. But the important thing is that we have to keep them intact here, on Earth. The way we lead our lives influences our relationship. If we can have a better quality of life, it will reflect our godliness too. In wrapping up, understand that commitment to the marriage, rather than commitment to the person is the key to success.

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