Marriage seems to be taken lightly today, both among the secular and Christians in the West. Prenuptial agreements are becoming more common, these are legal papers signed before marriage in order to make divorce easier if it should occur. Couples living together before marriage while once frowned upon are now thought to be a good thing. The rationale being that the couple will learn whether or not they are compatible to be married. Divorce is often viewed as correcting a mistake, this line of thinking is as follows: that if a person is unhappy in his or her marriage that divorce is the answer, you can just start over and get a second chance. Of course, this is not the way a Christian thinks. The Bible is clear that God hates divorce.
“For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away: for one covereth violence with his garment, saith the LORD of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously.” (Malachi 2:16)
Marriage is one man and one woman who enter a covenant before the Lord. It parallels the covenantal relationship between Christ and His Church. The husband represents Christ, and the wife represents the bride of Christ (the Church). The wife and the husband have different yet equal roles to fulfill. The wife submits to her husband and the husband loves and protects her even to the point of death.
“Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.” (Ephesians 5:22-27)
The Bible says that Christ forgives those who repent, and that He will keep us. If marriage is a parallel to Christ and His Church, how can we not forgive our spouses knowing how much we have been forgiven by Christ?
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us [our] sins, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
The idea that a person can walk out of a marriage to find personal happiness, and that this is acceptable, goes against everything written in Scripture. Self focus and personal happiness is not what a Christian should be seeking; personal happiness is not what marriage is about, this is how the world thinks. A Christian marriage should glorify God above everything else, both by serving the Lord together and raising their family unto the Lord. In serving our families and obeying our husbands we give God the Glory.
“So that they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” (Matthew 19:6)
Soli Deo Gloria!
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