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Second part of a look at marriage

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POSTED: March 30, 2010 12:35 p.m.
To help us in fulfilling your responsibilities as man and wife God has given rules to live by. "Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the savior of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband" (Eph. 5:22-33).
Marriage is purposeful in its design. First marriage provides the companionship as we noticed earlier.
Two lives are joined to form a union that can face most anything. If they are united in their love for God they can face anything. Second, marriage was designed to propagate the human race. In a day when the home is being attacked, and marriage itself is being attacked this purpose of marriage must be noticed. The home is the foundation of our society and children brought into the union of man and woman, are the future of the world. Again God must be the focal point of both the couple and the family’s life. A third purpose seen in marriage is to prevent immorality. God’s word teaches us, “Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband. The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife. Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency” (1 Cor. 7:2 – 5). Today many couples young, middle aged and even older live together outside of the marriage bond. This is fornication and is condemned by God. The love and devotion God intends for man and woman can never be attained without the marriage bond.
Inside the marriage a couple must remember their responsibilities to each other physically and emotionally. God intended the sexual intimacy between a man and woman to be in marriage. “Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge” (Heb. 13:4).
Marriage is a great blessing for mankind from God. All who are married need to love God and their spouse more and more, as they go through life and they will truly understand the great blessing of married life.

 

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