Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – February 12, 2016
On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. John 2:1-2
True love transitions from the thought of living together—to the commitment of living together forever in marriage. It is not a self-centered conditional love, but a Christ-centered unconditional love. There is fidelity of focus on faith in God and each other. Couples with true love see marriage as a reflection of their relationship with Jesus.
Marriage is much more than a contract between couples; it is a covenant before the Almighty. It is a solemn agreement between two God-fearing souls that honors heaven with vows of commitment on earth. Marriage is sacred to your Savior Jesus, because it communicates His love through the most intimate love between a husband and a wife.
“As a young man marries a young woman, so will your Builder marry you; as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you” (Isaiah 62:5).
What’s holding you back from an unconditional commitment to marriage? Fear of it not working out—fear of losing control, freedom and finances—or is it selfish motivation to have sex and some security without any long-term obligation? Marriage modeled on your relationship with Christ purifies motives and brings joy to Jesus and your life.
Indeed, preparation is needed before you are pronounced husband and wife. Invite professionals with a Christian worldview to use diagnostic tools and assess each other’s needs based on spiritual maturity, personality, temperament, giftedness and upbringing. Pre-marital education is meant to equip you to best love and serve your intended.
“Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other… Righteousness goes before him and prepares the way for his steps” (Psalm 85:10, 13).
Above all else, prepare your heart for your future husband or wife. Give your heart first to the Lord and He will give heaven to your marriage. True love trusts God first and then the one who has given himself to Christ in holy commitment. Jesus blesses weddings that honor Him and that honor each other in unconditional love.
“What Jesus did here [at the wedding] in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him” (John 2:11).
Prayer: Heavenly Father help me trust You with the responsibilities of true love.
Application: How can we honor each other with a wedding and marriage that honors the Lord?
Related Readings: Jeremiah 29:6; Malachi 2:14; Luke 20:34; Hebrews 13:4
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