Today we will discuss, "The Practice of Marriage," as it causes us to Walk Closer to Him.
The practice of marriage is a practice of FULLY and COMPLETELY giving of oneself for the other—even when you may not want to. It's a life long practice.
Marriage teaches us to love the "seemingly" unlovable sometimes. The same qualities that Christ uses with us—His bridegroom we must use with our spouse, and they with us.
It's a union that's only released through death.
It's the coming together of two to become one.
"It's the worse of times. It's the best of times."
In the practice of marriage, we laugh and we cry. We love and we hate. We learn how flawed and sin-ravished "we" are.
On the surface it seems like a most "ordinary" experience, but it is the most HOLY of experiences. For in marriage we practice: Living by the Spirit. We learn that, "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." ~ Gal. 2;20. We understand how God relates to us—though skewed and flawed...He keeps on being .... just as the Spirit has many roles in our lives, there are many roles that we have with our mate.
Marriage teaches us to become empowered through His Word rather than focusing on our marital bliss—the good or the bad thereof. We learn life's fight—the character study of self. It is a crucified life. It is the picking up of one's cross daily. A holy practice. It is a foregoing of your rights—the true practice of marriage. We learn that dying to oneself is painful.
The practice of marriage gives us a constant opportunity to choose the will of God over our own. It's excruciating at times. In this most holy of practices we learn that it hurts to have our desires crucified.
But God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make him a helper suitable for him." Gen. 2:18
God's creative work was not complete until he made woman. He could have made her from the dust of the ground, as he made man. God chose, however, to make her from the man's flesh and bone. In so doing, He illustrated for us that in marriage man and woman symbolically become one flesh. This is a mystical union of the couple's hearts and lives.
Throughout the Bible, God treats this special partnership seriously. We who are married or who are planning to be married must be willing to keep the commitment that makes the two, one.
The goal in marriage should be more than friendship. It should be oneness. ~ NASB
"God forms and equips men and women for various tasks, but all of these tasks lead to the same goal—honoring God. Man gives life to woman. Woman gives life to the world. Each role carries exclusive privileges. There is no room for thinking that one sex is superior to the other."
The Gift of marriage was given by God for mainly three reasons:
- The man leaves his parents and in a public act promises himself to his wife.
- The man and woman are joined together by taking responsibility for each other's welfare and by loving the mate above all others.
- The two become one flesh for the intimacy and commitment of sexual union that is reserved for marriage. ~ taken from the New American Standard Bible
We— the Christian are the bride of the Lamb.
"O God, you have so consecrated the covenant of marriage that in it is represented the spiritual unity between Christ and his Church: Send therefore your blessing upon these your servants, that they may so love, honor, and cherish each other in faithfulness and patience, in wisdom and true godliness, that their home may be a haven of blessing and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever, Amen" ~ The Book of Common Pryaer