Monday, August 9, 2021

The Kitchen Table Devotional:  The Game of Life                     Day 31

“Marriage”

Some Pharisees came to Jesus, testing Him and asking, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any reason at all?” 4 And He answered and said, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE, 5 and said, ‘FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH’? 6 So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.”

Matthew 19:3-6

Marriage is another wonderful relationship that God has created for this life.  Marriage is a God idea and because it is a God idea it is a good idea to follow God’s instructions.  God created the institution of marriage, and it is God who has the instructions for marriage.   That’s why we look to God’s thoughts, not man’s theories on marriage.  It’s obviously valuable, people are continually wanting to get married.  We all need relationships of commitment, especially the more intimate we get with each other.  Marriage is to bring two people so close that they become like one person.  That only happens where there is commitment to each other and where the intimate details of life are shared with one another.  Marriage is to be a safe place that resembles our relationship with God.

Marriage is to be valued not violated.  The Pharisees came to Jesus that day with questions about violating a marriage.  Commitment doesn’t look for a way out, it looks for a way through life together.  Marriage isn’t something to be violated without vacating.  Marriage is God’s idea that is be filled with God’s ingredients.  It’s a relationship that is to be valued and to bring value to those who enter this lifetime commitment.

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