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Finding unity in Marriage

Malachi 2:15 NKJV — But did He not make them one, Having a remnant of the Spirit? And why one? He seeks godly offspring. Therefore take heed to your spirit, And let none deal treacherously with the wife of his youth.

Living as one is not easy.

Yet, the Word clearly tells us, God has standards for those who are married.

Genesis 2:24 NKJV — Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

It begins at the covenant, when they say “I do”.

This vow is before God and the couple are no longer to live as two separate people, but as one.

They are to live in unity.

Finding such is complicated, thus God gave us His Word to guide and direct us.

Ephesians 5:22-24 NKJV — Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.

Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: for we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.
Ephesians 5:25‭-‬31 KJV

This is heavy, but God’s Word is truth and we are to apply it.

And if one begins to doubt whether marriage was meant to be for life, Jesus made it clear.

Matthew 19:3 NKJV — The Pharisees also came to Him, testing Him, and saying to Him, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for just any reason?”

Matthew 19:6 NKJV — “So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.”

Matthew 19:9 NKJV — “And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery.”

God sees a husband and wife as one and so should we.

No two people are exactly alike, nor are any two marriages, but God’s Word is applicable to all.

Not just these few verses, but many others as well which are our instruction on life and the keys to finding unity in marriage.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for creating marriage. Thank You for Your Word which guides and directs us. Lord, thank You for speaking so clearly and saying so much about marriage. Lord, for myself and my husband, I humbly request that You continue to teach us how to be one. Continue to strengthen our ability to understand both Your Word and one another. Lord, please help us to be thoughtful and prayerful, not rash nor easily offended. Thank You for Your forgiveness. Thank You for Your restoration. Thank You that You have patiently walked us forward each day, each year, teaching us, chastening us, loving us. Lord, thank You for my husband, my family, and the difficult things which brings us closer. Lord, for those who are suffering from deep hurt, wounds of the heart, loneliness due to loss, and struggles from discord, I humbly request You reach each one where they are and heal them. Lord, that You would reveal Your perspective. That You would guide and direct each one, bringing them to Yourself. Lord, Your Word says: Psalm 68:5 NKJV — A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows, Is God in His holy habitation. Let it be understood, for You are our Salvation and our future. Thank You. Amen.

February 28, 2022

Today’s prayer:

I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
Ephesians 4:1‭-‬6 NKJV

Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for eternal life through Your sacrifice. Lord Jesus, as these days of wars and rumors of wars occur, I humbly request You teach us how to be unified both with Your Holy Spirit and with our fellow members in the body of Christ. Lord, on our own, we cannot see clearly, for each of us is spurred on by different perspectives and motives, but in You we can find Your perspective and walk in unity with one another. Lord Jesus, please open our hearts and minds to Your truth and Your will for this day. Please guide and direct us into Your plans, not going astray into our own selfish ambitions. Lord, please, teach us who You are and who we are in You. Thank You, Lord. Amen.

Unity in marriage

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.

December 15

Today’s prayer:

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, Running down on the beard, The beard of Aaron, Running down on the edge of his garments. It is like the dew of Hermon, Descending upon the mountains of Zion; For there the Lord commanded the blessing— Life forevermore.
Psalms 133:1‭-‬3 NKJV

Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You so much for these words. What truth it is! Lord Jesus, I humbly ask that You bring our lives in line with Your Word. That those who are called by Your name shall be united in You. That our lives might reflect You. Lord, for too long we have allowed opinions, hurts, and disagreements to splinter the body of Christ. Lord, let it be so no longer, but instead bring us to the foot of the cross, where all is level. Lord Jesus, we look to You this day. Please help us to live lives surrendered completely to You. Please heal the hurting and sick, please return the prodigal, save the lost, and protect the innocent. Lord Jesus, I love You. Thank You for first loving me.