According to Scripture marriage is ordained by God as an intimate and permanent partnership between a man and a woman in which the two become one in the whole of life. Marriage is the sacred and lifelong union of a man and a woman giving themselves to each other in love and trust. Beyond a shadow of a doubt, marriage is the most important affair in everyone’s life. Vast numbers of books, magazines and marriage counseling resources are dedicated to the subject of marriage preparation and marriage improvement. Have you ever wondered what the original instruction manual (Bible) has to say about marriage? There are more than 500 Old and New Testament references to the words “marriage,” “married,” “husband,” and “wife.” Gen. 2:18, 21-24
Love is to be a way of life which surrounds every relationship in the home. Our focus should not be whether one member of the family meets all conditions perfectly, to provide an easy relationship to enjoy, rather, we should focus on the opportunities God gives us in family to build up one another and refine our character. Family is a platform to practice the same qualities or characteristics of Christ. Remember in your married life you are married to a person who does not meet all the conditions, so that you might learn unconditional love. You are married to a person who needs mercy, so that you learn to give it. You are married to a person who does not deserve, so that you learn to pour lavishly, yourself, out on a person who does not respond appropriately. And thus, you become like the God you worship.