|Monday 5th November 2018
This Sunday, we talked about marriage from a Biblical perspective. This week we are going to look at some Daily Devotions from “Focus on the Family” that will help married couples but can be applied to all of our relationships: “Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” — 1 Corinthians 13:7.
Marriage has taken on a new hue in our culture.
While Californian Glynn “Scotty” Wolfe had the distinction of 29 marriages during his lifetime, many couples see no reason to tie the knot at all. Only about 40 percent of those surveyed in a 2010 study by Pew Research Center saw cohabitation as a negative for society, and almost the same percentage contended that marriage itself has become “obsolete.” Even so, this centerpiece of family that God designed for our good remains the best place for individuals to realize the destiny God has for them, even as society casts its ballot on whether the institution is still valid.
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.
Kingdom couples 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.
- What does the word covenant mean to our relationship?
- Why does God still place such a high value on marriage?
- How can we as a couple protect our marriage?
Father, thank You for the gift You have given us in marriage. Please help us to glorify You through this lifelong covenant. Amen.