Intended For a Lifetime

BethanySMC - Friday, 23 March 2012 01:14

It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement: But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery. Matt. 5:31-32

With the divorce rate skyrocketing to almost 50% and remarriage fails to last and crashes a lot quicker than the first marriage in 60% of the cases, it is obvious that not many pay attention to the teachings of Jesus regarding marriage. The purpose of these meditations are not to cure the ongoing problem, but rather to prevent the disease from spreading among those who are called to be sons and daughters of God, by reflecting on the biblical view on marriage, remarriage and divorce.

When God created man and woman His intentions for them were unity, mutual love, and a fulfilling relationship through which they would be able to multiply and subdue the earth. (Gen 1) By helping and caring one for another, they were designed to live forever! Nothing on earth could break such a relationship, not even death – because at first there was no death. God knew that in a marriage relationship between a man and a woman, they would prosper. He established marriage where unity, love and loyalty between them would bring fruit and glory to Him.

As Adam and Eve sinned, they set us up for a long journey dealing with the issues that came out of the sinful nature which we inherited from them. Wandering on this journey people departed from God and His intentions farther and farther. Later we read in the Bible that even God’s people on earth would demand the end to relationships that were once established by God.

Long ago, marriage lost its original purpose and the value that God placed on the relationship between one man and one woman for a lifetime. People that have rejected God are given up to a reprobate mind to do things that are not profitable. Rom. 1:26  For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

When Jesus came to earth he reset these values and reestablished God’s original design because he saw a bride – His Bride – the church as the one who will be united with Him for all of eternity. Once again he called his beloved creation back to God. In His teaching, time and again Jesus points to the original plan God had for man and woman regarding family and relationships, explicitly underlying unacceptable practice of divorce.

In a marriage relationship – man and woman are meant for each other – committed and loyal, physically and emotionally. Each spouse is responsible to fulfill the needs of the other. Men and women are not supposed to be looking for selfish satisfaction and what they can get from marriage, but rather be concerned for the well being of their spouse. In case of health issues, disabilities or involuntary separation, married people should remain faithful to each other and care for one another with much patience.   

Such responsibility is a must for any married person unless his or her spouse voluntarily violated the marriage bed by unfaithfulness in intimate relationships. In the marriage where such responsibilities are neglected and adultery takes place, God will hold both sides accountable. Only in a situation where one spouse is a non Christian, God will not hold responsible the Christian spouse if the other wants to leave them.

With the blessings and joy of marriage come a lot of responsibilities. After one of the sessions with Jesus regarding marriage, the disciples cried out, if the case of the man be so with his wife, it is not good to marry. Matt 19:10 Despise culture and customs, Jesus thought clearly that second marriage or marrying someone who was divorced is a continuous sin of adultery. Later, Apostle Paul picks up this topic, clarifying the case where unfaithfulness took place and marriage ended up in divorce. And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband: 11 But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife. The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth; but if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord. 1Co.7:11,39

It is not a limitation or a restriction – it is God’s plan where men and women have the most joy, peace, fulfillment and blessing. Marriage is a very serious matter and must be built in the fear of the Lord. Any form of intimacy must be saved and released in marriage. Truly blessed are those people who have kept themselves pure in their youth – when they get married they will reap the glorious fruit of pure love and everything it has to offer.

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