Monday, November 29, 2010

Your Marriage Is Worth It!

Over the last several weeks I have received phone calls from two different women whose husbands have recently left them. I'm not sure there is much in the way of news that I would rate as worse then the falling apart of a marriage. I know it happens and it happens a lot. I also know that the amount of marriages ending inside the church is on the same level as the amount of marriages ending outside of the church. But of all the things that I could lose - my job, my house, my health - I can think of nothing that would be worse than losing my marriage. It makes me just want to look every husband and every wife right in the eyes and remind them of this:


No, it's not easy...but your marriage is worth it!
Yes, it takes a lot of work...but your marriage is worth it!

Need I remind you that it was G0d - not man or government, or even the church that created this wonderful institution that we call marriage? Remember back in Genesis 2 when God made Eve out of Adam's rib and brought her to him, officiating the first marriage in the garden? Remember what He said on that day in verse 24? He gave the reason for marriage. God Himself said:

"For this cause a man shall leave His father and his mother and shall cleave to his wife; and they shall become one flesh!"

Those are some amazing statements. In fact, Jesus repeated the same exact words when He spoke of marriage in the book of Matthew and the Apostle Paul also echoed these same words when he wrote of marriage in the book of Ephesians. In other words, the purpose for marriage never changed. What God intended as the purpose of marriage when He created Adam and Eve was still the purpose of marriage when Jesus walked on the earth; it was still the purpose of marriage during Paul's ministry in the New Testament; and I assure you that it is still the purpose of YOUR marriage today. That makes your marriage worth it!

So important is this statement that I would like to take every day this week to write posts that will break it apart - phrase by phrase. I will do so in this way:

November 30 - "For this cause"

December 1 - "A man shall leave his father and his mother"

December 2 - "And shall cleave to his wife"

December 3 - "And they shall become one flesh"

So, if you are married; if you someday want to be married; if you know someone who is married; if you have ever seen a married person; if you have ever seen a picture of a married person; or if you can say the word "marriage" - be sure to read my posts each day this week!

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