Christian marriage in the modern world.
by Nick Bishop
With the many challenges and distractions that couples face in their day-to-day lives, prioritising precious time with our spouse is essential to a strong and healthy marriage. In Genesis 2:24 this is made abundantly clear when the scripture says, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife, they shall be one flesh”.
The ONS states that 42% of marriages end in divorce in the UK. Sadly, it appears that many people today are not prepared to work at their marriage. For previous generations, marriage was seen as a commitment for life, and when you see older couples today who are still going strong, it does make you think they must have had something special back then.
In the Bible, we discover that God established marriage between male and female as a foundation for love and support. Therefore, it figures, Biblically speaking, that there is a greater chance your marriage will succeed if you follow the instructions in the Bible on how we should honour and love one another.
Of course, that’s not to say there won’t occasionally be bumps in the road, but with God’s word you should as a couple work through those problems, whatever they may be. If you are members of a church where marriage is held in high esteem you should find the members very supportive.
Children come along, or a new job or even a hobby, and that can sometimes take our full attention away from our spouse. If these matters are not addressed it can result in tensions, or in extreme cases, the breakdown of the relationship, and unfortunately, divorce.
In short, we are exhorted in Ephesians 5:25 that a man should love his wife as Christ loves the church, and a wife is to submit to her husband as if to the Lord. With Christ at the centre of a marriage, ‘a cord of three strands is not easily broken’ (Ecclesiastes 4:12).
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