Now, That You are Married, What Next? Part Two

June 24, 2013 by Uzoma  
Published in Marriage

This article is aimed at reminding couples of their responsibilities and obligations towards God, themselves and their third party in their marriage.

This is the concluding part of this article. Knowledge about the essence of marriage is proper for partakers in this institution to act according to the design of the institution. The essences of Marriage are:

Ø  Marriage is given primarily that husband and wife may comfort and help each other, living faithfully together in need and in plenty, in sorrow and in joy.

Ø  It is also given that with delight and tenderness, they may know each other in love, and through the joy of their bodily union they may strengthen the union of their hearts and lives.

Ø  It is given that they may have children and be blessed in caring for them and in bringing them up in accordance with God’s will to His praise and glory.

Ø  You have a vow to keep. Most couple after marriage undermines their vows. They forget that it is not just enough to make vows especially in the presence of God but the vows which are binding should be kept (Psalm 56:12).

Ø  You have the Almighty God to please with your marriage. God instituted marriage and he expects people who engage in it to honour him with fidelity in their marriage. What this means is that couples should live their married life in the fear of God. They should take as preeminence over everything they do, having the fear of God which is the basis of wisdom needed in marriage.    

Ø  You marriage should lead you to heaven and not hell. Most people have ended in hell because of their marriage. There are many today who were God-fearing and good Christians as Bachelors and Spinsters. Unfortunately, their inability to handle some of their marriage problems has made them become ‘devil’ in their homes. They now engage in fighting, quarrelling, deceits, infidelity, etc. Some have sold their Christian rights because they were desperate to have children by having sex outside marriage or going to witch doctors to enable them have children. These are some of the ways many marriages have ended in hell instead of heaven. Therefore beware!        

Ø  It is your duty to make your marriage blissful. There is the saying that as you make your bed so you lie on it. God may have given you that your spouse but he can’t act on your behave what you suppose to do. The ways you can make your marriage blissful include the following.

Ø  Know that there are enemies against your marriage. The enemies against marriages are Satan and fellow human being which we can classify as third party. They will try and tempt in various ways. However, the best way to overcome them is through absolute confidence in your spouse. You must spend time to understand your spouse so you can vouch for one another anytime and anywhere.

Conclusion: God ordained marriage. It is all about sacrificial and mutual love, about covenant relationship which Christ has with His Church (Ephesians 5:25 and 29), about commitment, about faith and about intimate communion of love and life. I hope with this understanding, couples can live well and fulfill their vows to each other.  

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