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Paula M. asks,
"Is marriage relevant today?"
This is an interesting question and one we have not had before.
We know from statistics that in North America a large number of marriages do not last and end in divorce. There are many and varied reasons for this and you may know someone who is in this situation. This is given as one of the reasons why some people today do not get married but decide to live together. The thinking is, if it doesn't work out, we can move on and find someone else to live with.
As people move away from God's ways, they pursue their own ideas and agendas and forget that God not only instituted marriage as the best way for men and women to live together, but He also blesses the union with children.When God made Adam, He said "It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him." "Then the rib which the LORD God had taken from the man He made into a woman, and brought her to the man...Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh."Gen. 2:18, 22, 24. Jesus refers to this in the gospel of Matthew and goes on to say "So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate." Mat. 19:4 - 6.
Marriage then is the best course of action for couples to provide companionship and be of mutual assistance in living a godly life together.In addition they are to have children, as God blesses them, "Then God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply.." Gen. 1:27 - 28.
Marriage is based on mutual love and a desire to be with our spouse as we grow in grace before our God. It is not always easy living with someone, we naturally want our own way and expect our spouse to always want the same. This may not always happen to be the case and hence disagreements occur. How to deal with these issues is one which needs prayer and patience. Prayer to seek God's guidance, and patience as we try to see the other's point of view so we can resolve the problem. Remember we are trying to be followers of Jesus and do what he would do.In a Christian marriage there is mutual respect. The apostle Paul has some helpful words for us to consider, "Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and he is the savior of the body. Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave himself for her...so husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself." Eph. 5:22 - 32
To some in the world marriage may no longer seem relevant, but to us who believe in God and want to please Him in what we do, then marriage is very relevant. We need to keep the faith!
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