Topic: Foundation For An Enviable Marriage (2)
You are most welcome to this weekly column! I started a teaching last week, on the foundation for an enviable marriage. I noted that an enviable marriage is the benefit of those who go for understanding in the Word of God.
This week, I will be speaking on Obedience, a pathway to enjoying God’s best in marriage.
God always fulfills His own side of the marriage covenant. The man and his wife who are the second party in the marriage covenant are the variables. They must be ready to obey the terms of the agreement as stated in God’s Word, so they can reap the rewards that go with obedience.
Disobedience to God is the beginning of a bad marriage. The disobedience of man (and his wife) to the terms of the covenant as stated in God’s Word, is usually the cause of many marital sorrows, problems, frustration and eventual divorce.
The reason for many people’s divorce situation is their hardness of heart. My husband says, “You need a heart to make a mark”, and if I may add, “You need a right heart to make a right mark in your family life.” The man and his wife have to fulfill their own part of the covenant, if they must enjoy the best that marriage has to offer.
However, to enjoy fulfillment in the marriage covenant, co-operation between the husband and the wife is a major requirement. Wherever the man does not co-operate with the woman or the woman does not co-operate with the man, fulfillment remains a dream that can never be realized.
The responsibility of the man is to govern the home and cater for the needs of his family (this includes spiritual, physical and material needs) as established in Ephesians 5:23 and 1 Timothy 5:8. The woman’s role in the covenant is to submit to her husband as seen in Ephesians 5:22.
In essence, if the man and his wife are to enjoy an enviable marriage, then they must adhere to the terms of the marriage covenant. Many people, even Christians, want to enjoy a good marriage but are not ready to be obedient to the terms of the covenant.
Outside of obedience, the fruit of a successful marriage cannot be obtained. An enviable marriage and family is, therefore, the fruit of obedience. A good and fulfilled marriage is possible, but only those that are ready to obey the terms of the agreement can have access to this unique fruit.
Obedience to God’s Word is the secured path to a glorious marriage. Grace for obedience is released to those who are born again. The foundation of an enviable marriage is God. Do you want to enjoy a most successful marriage? If yes, then give your life to Christ. This entails confessing your sins and accepting Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. If you are not born again and you are ready for this new birth experience, please say this prayer: “Dear Lord Jesus, I come to You today as a sinner. Forgive me of my sins. I believe You died and rose on the third day for my sins. I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom.”
Congratulations! You are now born again! All-round rest and peace are guaranteed you, in Jesus’ Name. Call or write, and share your testimonies with me through email@example.com; OR 07026385437 and 08141320204.
For more insight, these books authored by me are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian bookstores: Marriage Covenant, Making Marriage Work, Building A Successful Home and Success in Marriage (Co-Authored).