Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – May 24, 2015
It [wisdom] will save you also from the adulteress, from the wayward wife with her seductive words, who has left the partner of her youth and ignored the covenant she made before God. Proverbs 2:16–17
Marriage is a covenant before God, not to be messed with by man. It is not a secular ceremony but a Christ-centered commitment “until death do us part.” However, there are tempters, both men and women, who try to take away the trust between a husband and wife. Their lives are unhappy so they scheme for artificial satisfaction at the expense of someone else’s marriage.
Sin is not passive but active; so be on prayerful alert not to listen to its allure. Pay attention, do not place yourself in compromising circumstances. Marriage is a sacred obligation. God is not only a witness but instituted the ordinance; so stay true to Him and your true love.
“Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral” (Hebrews 13:4).
Marriage is accountability between husband and wife under the authority of almighty God. This is why wayward men and women do not get away with disrespecting marriage vows. Disobedience to an oath before God leads to the damage and even death of relationships, reputation, financial security, emotional stability, and physical health. Husbands and wives who take their commitment to Christ and each other seriously are not seduced into sex outside their marriage.
How do you maintain this high standard of honor? By God’s grace you romance each other like the days when you were dating. You share your heart and affections only with your true love, the bride of your youth. You determine not to be alone with anyone of the opposite sex, as this can feed temptation. Lastly, celebrate and uphold marriage as a solemn covenant before the Lord, family, friends, and each other.
“Therefore, thus says the Lord GOD, ‘As I live, surely My oath which he despised and My covenant which he broke, I will inflict on his head’” (Ezekiel 17:19 NASB).
Prayer: How can I honor my spouse by respecting our marriage as a covenant before God?
Related Readings: Numbers 5:12–22; Malachi 2:14–16; Matthew 5:27–32
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