Last January and early this March, we witnessed two covenant weddings of our members. Today, we have another one but it’s not just one couple, but four! It’s a fourfold wedding indeed.
It is a memorable and momentous event as we see four of our church couples reaffirm their covenant of marriage before the presence of their Covenant LORD and His people. Let me share my notes on our pastor’s message.
What God has joined together, let no man separate. (Mark 10:9)
Marriage is a God-ordained institution between man and woman to live as husband and wife in exclusive & monogamous relationship for the remainder of their earthly lives.Ptr. Jeremiah
1. A brief survey of biblical passages on marriage
– Key texts: Gen 2:24, Matthew 19:3-6, Eph 5:22-33
– God declared marriage as good. It is so profound because the LORD used it as an illustration of His relationship with His bride.
2. God’s original design for marriage
a. It is a permanent union – whatever struggle a marriage has, it must be repaired by God’s grace.
– We go against the will of God if we think about divorce or separation every time that we have tension with our spouses.
b. It is an exclusive union – one husband and one wife only. Heb 13:8
c. It is an intimate union – The couple is best friends. They have closed communion. Sexual union as the greatest expression of the intimate union between man and wife should never be shared with anyone through adultery, pornography, etc.
d. It is a loving union – it is a decision to be committed to one another no matter what you feel. The greatest expression of love is giving. If you love your spouse, you won’t prioritize getting.
Does your spouse perceive your marriage as permanent, exclusive, intimate, & loving?
You should not focus on what you can get from your spouse. You should focus on what you can give to your spouse.
Don’t expect too much from your spouses. Seek the sanctification of one another. The more selfless giving married couple with each other, the more their marriage will be happier.
The number one wrecker of marriage is SELF. The moment that you view marriage in terms of SELF, you are destroying God’s institution.
To God be the glory!