You are most welcome to another exciting life-changing edition of Family Forum. This month, we shall be looking into the topic, Keys To a Lasting Marriage. It is my prayer that as you open up your heart to God’s Word, your home will experience the glory of a lasting marriage, in Jesus’ name.
This week, I shall be teaching on what marriage is all about. I will like to start by asking you this question: What is marriage to you? Is it a thing of joy and pleasure, or a ‘necessary evil’, as many would say? Is it a bed of roses or one that is full of thorns and thistles? Is it a thing that you are glad you are in or one that hurts you day by day, and you are trying to get out of? Well, I have good news for you!
What then is marriage? Marriage is the legal union of a man and a woman coming together as husband and wife. It is the foundation for the family, because until it is in place, there can be no family. A family is a social group in the society, consisting of a man, his wife, and their offspring.
Marriage is a covenant relationship. It is not just the coming together of a man and a woman for the purpose of procreation. Although having children is one of the blessings of marriage, it means much more than that. Some people think marriage is merely co-habiting with someone of the opposite sex, but, this perception is wrong, as it goes beyond that. Marriage is a covenant.
When a man and a woman come together as husband and wife, they are expected to have entered a better way of living. Ecclesiastes 4:9 says: Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.
Marriage is meant to be exciting, but when it is not founded upon God, the joy, excitement and satisfaction the couple had at the onset is short-lived. It’s like owning a car. With time, new models come out, and what was once new begins to age; the car owner now desires to change the once new car for the latest one. Why? Because the old one does not excite him anymore.
However, when God is at the centre of your marriage, you find that instead of getting tired of each other, your excitement and satisfaction increase as the years go by, making the relationship go from good to better and from better to best!
Marriage is good! Don’t think that marriage is for shame and reproach. No, my friend! You don’t have to settle for an average home, you don’t have to put up with continuous quarrelling and fighting; you can make that marriage work! You can have a marriage free of hurt and wounds; you can enjoy fulfilment and God’s goodness, and His lasting peace
Marriage can be likened to a house. The Architect who drew the master plan is God, while the husband and the wife are the builders, who must diligently follow the design of the Architect, so as to experience success in their marriage and family. This is why the scripture expressly says in Hebrews 3:4: For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God. Also the Bible says in Proverbs 24:3: Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established.
The realm of marriage that God wants you to enter is such that you would get to a point where men and even devils are compelled to acknowledge God’s glory that is all over your family. This is your heritage as a child of God!
I command an end to whatever is bringing unrest in your marriage today. If there is any tumult in your life and family, I command the peace of God to replace it now, in Jesus’ name.
Nevertheless, all hope is not lost. If you make a decision today to become committed to your marriage and family, God’s grace will be available to you to establish your desire.
Grace is only available to the redeemed of the Lord. So, if you are not born again, there is no way you can be committed to God or your marriage. You need to give your life to Christ. You do this by confessing your sins and accepting Jesus your Lord and Saviour. Are you set for it? Why not say this prayer of faith from your heart: Dear Lord, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me my sins. Cleanse me with Your precious Blood. I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Now I know I am born again!
Congratulations! Till I come your way again next week, please call or write, and share your testimonies with me through: E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel. No: 234-1-7747546-8; 07026385437, 07094254102
For more insight, these books authored by me are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all the Living Faith Churches, and other leading Christian bookstores: Marriage Covenant, Making Marriage Work, and Building A Successful Family.
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