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.