Continued from last week   by Jim Henry

  1.    Marriage is meant to be permanent.  This is strongly taught in many Bible passages.  Divorce only comes because of the hardness of human hearts.  It is important you remember the seriousness with which the Heavenly Father looks at the permanency of marriage.

  2.  Marriage was thought of highly by our Lord Jesus.  He spoke of it occasionally. He performed His first miracle at a wedding in Cana of Galilee.  What He thinks of highly, so should we. John 2:1-2 says, “And on the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there; and Jesus also was invited, and His disciples, to the wedding”.

  3.   Marriage is the cornerstone of an orderly society. It is an honorable estate instituted by God and signifying to us the union which exists between Christ and His church.  For this reason, marriage is not to be entered into lightly, but reverently and with confidence of God’s approval.   

 “Be subject to one another in the fear of Christ.  

  Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord.

For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is head of the church, He himself being the Savior of the body.

But as the church is subject ot Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything.

  Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her; that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word,

  That He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle of any such thing; but that she should be holy and blameless.

  So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies.  He who loves his own wife loves himself

   For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church, because we are members of His body.  For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and the two shall become one flesh.”   

      Ephesians 5:21-31

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