Marriage though not commanded by Scripture is certainly encouraged. The key as with all matters of life is to understand it properly. The cornerstone of marriage is for one man and one woman to unite themselves in the holy bonds of matrimony and create the integrity of one flesh. This to be emblematic of Christ, the Lamb of God, and His bride the church (Revelation 19:7).
In this marriage the husband must love the wife as Christ loved the church (Ephesians 5:25). That requires an understanding that all things have order (1 Corinthians 11:3) and that in that order submission comes out of the love already in place and not demanded before the love is given.
Important in marriage is that we know any form of sexual immorality is considered an abomination to God (Hebrews 13:4). Numerous passages throughout the Old and New Testament affirm this and list these abominations. If caught up in one of these practices we must turn from the sin and what is necessary for it to no longer be a problem. Christ shares His Words with us on that as one example in Matthew 5:27-30. There is forgiveness but repentance and correction is necessary.
There is a great deal more that can be said about matters such as the physical relationship aspect of marriage and how marriage should be handled between a believer and non-believer which should be avoided. For today it is important to understand that MARRIAGE MODELS THE MANIFESTATION OF ETERNAL BLISS.
THOUGHT FOR TODAY: Marriage manifests the Master’s Eternal plan.
DEVOTIONAL VERSES FOR TODAY: Genesis 2:18-24 “God’s design for marriage”.
PRAYER FOR TODAY: Lord may I always honor Your gift of marriage.
QUESTIONS TO THINK ABOUT:
- What is sexual immorality?
- How does God want us to understand the physical relationship in marriage?
- How does a believer and non-believer marriage need to be handled?
- What is the message the church needs to convey to the world today?