Mark 10:6-9NKJV — “But from the beginning of the creation, God ‘made them male and female.’ For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, ‘and the two shall become one flesh’; so then they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.”
It sounds so good during the wedding ceremony.
It seems so simple when you’re first planning a life together.
But it’s so difficult to live daily.
Unity in marriage is a requirement if the marriage is going to survive.
The Lord knows it requires a change of perspective and purposeful choice.
Because when we joined our lives in marriage, God’s Word says we went from two separate people to one.
God tells us we are to look at ourselves and our spouses differently than any other.
That’s not an easy thing to grasp.
It’s even more difficult to live.
Yet, a house divided against itself can not stand.
If a husband and wife live against one another instead of preferring one another, their marriage will crumble.
9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. 10 Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; 11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer;
Romans 12:9-12 NKJV
How does a couple walk in unity?
By first being surrendered before God and then making a daily choice to follow His commands, resting in His promises and guided by His Spirit.
We find unity and the ability to prefer one another by being first united with Christ.
Living unto the Lord Jesus with our every part changes our relationships with others.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion. 17 Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. 18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.
Romans 12:14-18 NKJV
If we follow Jesus and His Word first, our ability to become one in marriage makes so much more sense.
Because as we grow closer to Him, we are growing closer to one another.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your Word. Thank You that You founded all of society on one institution: marriage. You knew the best way for people to thrive and it is within a loving family. Lord, please help those of us who are blessed with the gift of marriage walk with You in love, unity, and preference. Lord, help us to prefer Your truths above anything else. Help us to be wise, understanding the times we are in and to walk with You in all areas of our lives. Lord, please hold us in Your paths and remove anything which would hinder our walk with You. Thank You, Lord for loving us and giving us the truth, the way to life. Thank You! Amen.