November 19, 2010

Meaningful Marriage

Written by Wisdom Hunters

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- November 19, 2010

“Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘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 flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” Matthew 19:4-6

Marriage means something, because God says it means something. He invented marriage and as the inventor is very proud of His creation. The Lord’s primary purpose of a man and a woman coming together in Holy matrimony is to glorify Him. Thus a marriage built on Christ points people to His character and to His perspective on relationships.

For example God’s definition of love is active and other centered, so when we read “love is kind” (1 Corinthians 13:4), we express a kind and caring attitude toward our spouse. There is a culture of humility in meaningful marriages that is quick to put the other person’s needs before our own. A fulfilling marriage first follows Christ’s commands.

“It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs” (1 Corinthians 13:5). Love looks for ways to love like God loves.

Moreover, a meaningful marriage is made up of a man and a woman who are intentional in their investment in each other. A husband cherishes his wife when he prays for her to grow in God’s grace and when he seeks her counsel and advice. A wife honors her husband when she prays for him to grow in God’s wisdom and when she sees him as the spiritual leader. A marriage of significance is one that plans and prepares on purpose.

“But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations” (Psalm 33:11).

Wise are the woman and man who learn and discern the Lord’s purpose for marriage and then plan to live it out. So, with bold humility hitch your marriage wagon to heaven’s tractor of trust. The ride is not always smooth and easy, but it is a great adventure with Jesus and your best friend. Ride out the rough spots by faith and forgiveness—and celebrate God’s goodness along the way. A meaningful marriage is fun and fulfilling for Christ’s sake.

“It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails” (1 Corinthians 13:7-8).

How can I make my marriage more meaningful? Have I surrender to Christ’s Lordship?

Related Readings: Joshua 15:16-17; Nehemiah 13:26; Ephesians 5:33; Philippians 2:13

Boyd Bailey is the author of Wisdom Hunters daily devotional and two devotional books, Infusion and Seeking Daily the Heart of God


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