Sunday, July 10, 2016

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Holy Marriage- Lasting Life of Love
Glory Chacko
Epiphany MTC, NY
31 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”
 
God has revealed His heart regarding marriage in the above verses,  the two will become one flesh. Marriage is a divine covenant between a man and a woman. In Genesis, we see the first marriage, where God Himself is finding a suitable partner  for Adam. God instituted marriage to portray His relationship with His chosen  people.
However, at this present time, marriage is being redefined by our society. Marriage is becoming less and less like a holy covenant and more of a contract. Divorce rates are high, even in the church community. Obtaining  financial stability is one of the top priorities in the families today. This leads to a lack of time  to build up their relationships  by spending time with one another. As technology has advanced , the influx of social media and other devices  are also interfering with the intimate communication between the couple.
How can we strengthen the marriage relationship? In Ephesians 5:20-31, Apostle Paul is instructing the husbands and wives to love and respect each other as Christ loved the Church.  When the couple demonstrates  unconditional love and respect  towards  each other, marriage life can be strengthened. This does not mean that all Christians will have a perfect marriage. There will be periods of crisis and disappointments.  These difficulties can often be dealt with prayer and drawing strength from God together on a daily basis. The couple should openly communicate with each other about what they are struggling with.
As we continue to cherish our marriage here on earth, let's also remember to strengthen our relationship with the coming Bridegroom, our Lord Jesus Christ. We are His Bride as members of the Church. Also, we need to remember that  our earthly marriage should be a reflection of Christ and His Bride-the Church.
As we build our marriages on love, respect , trust and submission , we should  let God help us to accomplish His divine purpose through us.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, Thank You for the gift of marriage life. Help us to make our marriage, a life of lasting love. In Jesus name we pray, Amen

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
"As God by creation made two of one, so again by marriage He made one of two.”  Thomas Adam