All In The Family


All In The Family

James C. Guy
I once heard of a couple who had been married for nearly 70 years. When asked how they stayed together so long the wife replied, “Neither of us ever died.” If only all of us had that kind of commitment to our marriages and our other relationships, the world would be a better place. But, marriage does involve more than just “being married.”

We often hear of families breaking up, but THE BIBLE SAYS God did not intended for this to happen. From the very beginning, God saw the need for the family. In Genesis 2:20, God saw that Adam needed “a helper comparable to him,” so, he created woman and the two were to “become one flesh.”

In Malachi 2:16, THE BIBLE SAYS that God “hates divorce,” Here, the men were taking a wife, and when they decided they wanted a new one, they would just “trade her in for a new model.” This was not God’s original plan of being JOINED to each other.

Jesus reminds us that God did not intend for married people to be “trading” spouses. He said, “Whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery;” (Matthew 19:9).

Then Paul, in Ephesians 5, tells us HOW to keep that marriage together. He says, “husbands love your wives even as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for it” (Ephesians 5:25), “and let the wife see that she respect’s her husband.” (verse 33).

It is interesting that Genesis, Matthew, and Ephesians, all have the same verse: “for this reason a man shall LEAVE his father and mother and be JOINED to his wife, and the two shall become ONE FLESH.”

There are times when the breakup of a family is inevitable. But God intended for man and woman to marry, love each other, and stay together in a GOOD relationship as much as possible.

Our “marriage” to Christ is a lot like this. He loves us and is committed to us, but do we do the same for Him, or are we willing to “trade Him in” for whatever else comes along that SEEMS better?

This article originally appeared in THE BIBLE SAYS series produced in the Magee Courier, the Simpson County News, and the Simpson Shopper.

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