Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Cord of Love
“Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” – Ecclesiastes 4:12
Have you ever thought about the strength of a rope? If it is simply one strand, it can easily be broken, if its two strands its stronger but it might unravel. However a rope of 3 strands is strong and cannot unravel. In the same way God created man and women to be united together and held strong through his love.
Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves: There is three ways to look at this verse, emotionally, physically and spiritually. First emotionally, the Bible speaks through many verses that it is not good for man/women to be alone. When an individual is alone, they become lonely and sad without a companion. Having a companion through marriage, allows two people to share their pain, joy and dreams together. On the physical aspect, think about a traveler who is being robbed. If the person is alone, they can be easily overpowered as compared to someone traveling in a group. Also if the person is going through a struggle, having a spouse to share your pain can console the individual. On a spiritual level one person can easily fall into sin or away from God without the support and encouragement of a companion. Having a spouse and praying together can increase the spiritual growth individually and strengthen the marriage.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken: This verse talks about the union between man, women and God through marriage. Without God’s presence the marriage cannot grow. A marriage can easily break if it’s not tightly bound by love, forgiveness, loyalty, patience and trust, which are all provided through God’s grace. When one spouse is going through a tough time, or if the marriage is rocky, prayer can strengthen and save the relationship. God unties man and women through His grace, which sustains the marriage. Reflect back on your marriage, is your marriage a cord of two or three strands? Is your relationship with your spouse enabling you to grow spiritually? Can you feel the presence of God and His love in your marriage?
Prayer: Thank you God for our relationship and for binding our marriage through your love. Amen
Thought of the day: When a relationship is rooted in Christ, it can never be broken!
Shiby Trigy, St. John’s MTC. NY