Kingdom Marriage. 1 Corinthians 13:7 “Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
Marriages today are crumbling at a high rate, not because we no longer get along, but because we have lost sight of the blessing tied to a biblical marriage. Marriage is not merely a social contract; it is a sacred covenant. It is not simply a means of looking for love, happiness and fulfillment. These things are important. In fact, they are critical. However, they are just not the most important, or the most critical. Yet because we have made second things first, as important as second things are, we are having trouble living out either. When God’s purpose and principles for marriage are undermined, then His image becomes distorted.
We must view marriage through God’s kingdom lens. Marriage is a covenantal union designed by God in order to strengthen the capacity of each partner to carry out His plan in their lives.
Mark 10:6-8 “But at the beginning of creation God made them male and female. For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one.”
Marriage is not a solo; it is a duet. Couples working together toward the same goal will have to communicate, cooperate and merge strengths while overlooking or overcoming weaknesses. The stronger you are together, the stronger you will be as individuals. This not only requires time; it requires an authentic commitment. Marriage makes two individuals stronger as one.
Marriage is one of the most intimate, rewarding experiences in life. Treat it with the honor, attention and love that it deserves. When Jesus walked this earth, spending time with His Father was a high priority. He often pulled away from the crowd’s demands just to be with Him through prayer. In this relationship, we see a pattern for marriage. After your relationship with God, the most important connection you have is with each other as husband and wife. Ask God to help you see any ways that your priorities should be adjusted to give your marriage its proper place.