On Saturday I had the privledge to attend my niece’s wedding. While it was beautiful in every aspect as was she, it was the vows they spoke that would forever linger long after their wedding day was over. They may not have been the traditional vows, there was no “obey” in them but there was a lot of love and thought put into them. The commitment they challenged them with was soft to the ears but touching to the heart. They set standards for themselves as a couple and attainable goals that will lead them well into their elder years. While marriage in recent years in itself has become the “exception to the rule” it is touching to see a young couple that much in love and still willing to make that long journey down the road of life together.
While the Bible does not speak a lot about marriage, what is does say is profound:
Let marriage be held in honor (esteemed worthy, precious, of great price, and especially dear) in all things. And thus let the marriage bed be undefiled (kept undishonored); for God will judge and punish the unchaste [all guilty of sexual vice] and adulterous.
Too many times as we age as a couple we forget the meaning of this verse. It is not just the physicality of marriage but it should also be about the spirituality of marriage. God honors marriage! He honors the commitment that a couple makes to make their lives one together. He will particularly honor it if they are also bound spiritually. “Let marriage be held in honor”, those few words set the tone for what a marriage should be. I believe that based on the vows my niece and her new husband chose that they truly “honor” each other and the union of marriage.
If you are considering marriage I hope you will consider God’s plan for marriage. While all marriages will have times of tribulation, if you stay the course it is worth the effort. God bless you all.