The Purpose of Marriage
The purpose of marriage is revealed in the following 5 short Bible Scriptures:
- Mark 10:6 establishes the fact that marriage was part of God’s plan for mankind. He created humans as males and females.
- Genesis 2:18 tells you that God created males and females to be companions for each other. He didn’t create men and women to be apart and independent from each other.
- In Mark 10:9 Jesus teaches that it is God that joined man and woman in marriage. He warned that no person should separate what God joined together. God intended marriage to be a lifelong relationship. It was never his intention that a husband and wife should leave each other or that another person should commit adultery with a married man or woman.
- 1 Corinthians 7:2 clearly states that marriage is an exclusive relationship between a husband and wife. It warns that because of sexual immorality and the temptation thereof, that each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband.
- Mark 12:25 answers the question about whether you will be married in heaven. The Sadducees asked Jesus whose wife a widow of seven previous husbands would be when she died and when to heaven. The Bible teaches that marriage doesn’t exist in life after resurrection.
The nature of love is demonstrated in these 5 small Bible verses:
- 1 John 4:8 tells you that the source of love is God. God is love.
- 1 John 4:7 confirms that love comes from God. Therefore if you love, you are born from God and you know God.
- Jeremiah 31:3 states that God loves you with an everlasting love.
- Colossians 3:14 says that love is the ingredient that binds everything in perfect harmony.
- 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 provides the characteristics of love; characteristics portrayed in a good marriage based on love.
- Love is patient and kind (verse 4).
- Love isn’t jealous or brags (verse 4).
- Love isn’t rude (verse 5).
- Love doesn’t insist on its own way (verse 5).
- Love isn’t irritable or resentful (verse 5).
- Love rejoices with truth not with wrongdoing (verse 6).
- Love believes, love hopes and love endures all things (verse 7).
- Love never ends, it is eternal (verse 8).
Friends in Marriage
Loving your partner is a given in marriage, but friendship is something different.
Often you hear of solid marriages that were based on friendship first. The couple was good friends before they fell in love with each other. There are also couples who become friends after they got married.
Being friends and lovers in a marriage is a recipe for success. The advantages of friendship combined with being married to each other, deepens the marriage relationship.
These 4 short Bible verses portray the benefits of friendship:
- Amos 3:3 asks the question whether two people would walk together unless they have agreed to meet. Friendship is an agreement between two people to have a relationship of companionship, support, regular communication, and sharing innermost thoughts and secrets.
- Romans 12:15 is so typical of a friendship: to share joy and your sorrow too. You weep with your friend when she is sad and rejoices when good things happen to her.
- Proverbs 27:6, 9 describes the difference between the faithfulness a friend portrays by telling you the truth, in comparison to the harm done when an enemy deceives by pretending to care. Couples, who are friends, have the advantage of telling each other the truth, even when the other party doesn’t want to hear it, without being deceitful or hurtful.
- Proverbs 17:17 shows the double benefit of friendship in marriage. Friends love at all times, in good times and bad. Friends forgive each other. Friends accept each other and enjoy the uniqueness in one another.
Faith in Marriage
Faith brings life and pleases God. Faith in Jesus is having confidence in God and being commitment to God. When you have faith in Jesus, you have faith in your marriage. Faith in your marriage is portrayed in your actions of obedience, in love, and continuing to do good deeds.
- In Mark 9:23 Jesus teaches that all things are possible for those who believe. When you have faith in your marriage, you and your spouse will overcome all things.
- In Luke 22:32 Jesus tells Peter that he had prayed that Peter’s faith won’t fail. When your marriage goes through trials, you not only have the support of each other, but God promises to help you during your testing.
- In 2 Timothy 2:13 Paul guarantees that even when your faith fails, God stays faithful. How much more will the God who instigated marriage, be faithful in his promises for your marriage.
The above small Bible Scriptures reminds you that:
- God is love.
- Marriage between a man and a woman is originally from God.
- Jesus is your friend.
- Faith pleases God.