The Importance of Marriage 

One cannot overstate the importance of marriage. A married couple who strives to be faithful, unified, and selfless is a vivid representation of the character of God in a world that desperately needs to see more of Him.

The number of decisions made when planning a wedding can be staggering. In anticipation of the wedding day, many factors play a role when making choices that affect the enjoyment and comfort of those attending. Amid the preparation process, every detail seems essential to the success of the “big day”. Wedding guests will remember a few choices about decor, budget, and menu. But frankly, they will forget most details within a brief time. 

When it is time for the ceremony, the couple recites sacred vows that embody the challenges and blessings they will face during their marriage … “For better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health.” After the “I do’s” are said, and the dance floor is vacated, the details that seemed so incredibly important pale compared to the marriage itself. 

Throughout history, marriage has been an essential component of a strong society. However, many would agree that the importance of marriage has declined in recent years. When couples do not consider faithfulness as a top priority in their marriages, we see their broken promises and lack of commitment negatively affect or destroy their union.

What are some reasons that the importance of marriage should be revered again?

First, Genesis 2:24 says: “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” The fact that Almighty God created the holy union speaks powerfully to the importance of marriage. When married couples strive prayerfully and persistently to keep their vows to each other, they show that commitment is beautiful and worth the effort. Just think of the impact of faithfulness in marriage becoming more common.

Another reason the importance of marriage should be emphasized is that the Bible states more than once that the bride and groom become “one flesh” when they are united in the wedding ceremony. We read in Mark 10:7-9: “For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.” Becoming one flesh is an ongoing process continually nurtured through selfless love. Sacrifical love, or charity, is perfectly displayed by Jesus and clearly explained in Scripture. We can find an authoritative, God-inspired description of selfless love in First Corinthians 13:4-5: “Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;” 

Elevating each other’s needs above their own, believing the best about each other, and consistently treating each other with kindness and tenderness are a few ways married couples can apply this passage to their marriage. Another method of exercising Christ-like love is by discovering how to serve each other and the Lord together. Pursuing a servant-heart brings a husband and wife closer to each other and closer to God. Also, forgiveness is how a couple can live out a First Corinthians type of love. Ruth Bell Graham wisely said, “A happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers.” These acts of love further develop the holy union of a husband’s and wife’s souls becoming one flesh. These examples of selfless love are in direct opposition to human nature. They starkly contrast the self-centered, me-first worldview that permeates society. However, couples who approach marriage with selflessness will often garner admiration from others and positively influence people’s lives.

One additional reason to revive the importance of marriage is summed up in Scripture, which says, “For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church” (Ephesians 5:31-32). These verses express God’s purpose for marriage as a tangible reflection of the relationship between Jesus Christ and His people. When husbands and wives treat each other according to God’s teaching, others can see the boundless love Jesus has for all of us, which is part of God’s divine plan. Reflecting the Jesus-church relationship is a high honor and righteous responsibility God entrusts to all husbands and wives. What a blessing it is to be participants in showing the world more evidence of the goodness of our amazing God!

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