Sunday, March 19, 2017

The Daily Grace - Marriage: God's Way

The movie The Princess Bride has a wedding scene in which the marrying minister says, "Marriage . . . is what brings us together today". While his delivery of that line was meant to be humorous, he spoke a great truth. Marriage is indeed a great unifier. It is solemn, respectable institution created by God Himself, and it joins together a man and a woman in amazing oneness.

Sometimes, it is good to remind ourselves of the grand plan for marriage spelled out in Scripture. Marriage creates one new family out of two: Adam said, "This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh . . ." Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife (Gen. 2:23-24). It provides a pure outlet for a divinely designed desire: "Because of sexual immorality, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband" (1 Cor. 7:2). Lastly, it forms a mutually helpful team: "The heart of her husband safely trusts her . . . She does him good and not evil all the days of her life" (Prov. 31:11-12).

Marriage God's way brings a man and a woman together to honor Him and help society. God created husband and wife to complement each other. If men and women yield to God and of His love partake, the marriage bond that joins two hearts has no power on earth can break. Celebrate marriage for the ways it brings us together in God's name.