FOR COUPLES WHO WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
“Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone? And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”
A successful and blissful marriage doesn’t just happen. It comes with much hard work, tenacity, patience, clinging to the promises of God regarding marriage and obeying all the laws of marriage; after all, we obey traffic signs don’t we? Although everyone says “I do” at the altar, no marriage comes with a lifetime guarantee, but we can look away to a God who is the lifeline of all marriages.
According to Christina Antus “marriage is a constant work in progress.” The adage “anything in life worth having is worth working for” is the best way to describe marriage. The reality of marriage, or any kind of commitment, isn’t something that can be taught or something you can expect— First lesson in marriage is you can’t teach marriage—Marriage is better caught than taught—more is caught in marriage than taught—you learn as you go along, counting your lessons and not your losses.
However, there is a whole lot the Bible teaches us about what marriage is—the Word of God is the best textbook on marriage. Marriage is God’s idea and if done God’s way it can attract the greatest blessings ever. So we will teach the part that can be taught but leave the part that can be learned to a lifetime of adventure and discovery.
Everyone wants to experience a great marriage that lasts. The most effective and satisfying way to achieve that lofty goal is by consulting the One who created marriage in the first place. — It is vital that you know from God’s Word why God created marriage and the unique roles both man and woman play in marriage. “To love God and love each other extravagantly is exactly what we were made for!”
By Bishop Tony Osuobeni