Marriage is a Joke – Episode 20



Marriage has become a joke. For instance, there is a woman named Erika who is married to the Eiffel Tower. A Japanese man who is married to a video game character, and a Swedish woman who has been married to the Berlin Wall for the past 30 years. There is a woman married to a rollercoaster and a man married to his pillow. And there are several people, unable to find true love, who have just married themselves.

Marriage has become a joke for many. But not for God. And I hope, not for you.

Takeaway

Marriage is a very serious agreement between a man, a woman, and God.

Definition

“Marriage is an exclusive heterosexual covenant between one man and one woman, ordained and sealed by God, preceded by a public leaving of parents, consummated in sexual union, issuing in a permanent mutually supportive partnership, and normally crowned by the gift of children.” (John R. W. Stott, Marriage and Divorce)

Witness

Genesis 2:22-24

God acts as the witness as Adam declares his love for Eve.

God is the witness to all valid marriages.

Officiant

Matthew 19:4-6

God joins together all valid marriages.

Marriage is sacred because it involves God.

Permanent

Matthew 19:6; Genesis 2:24; Ruth 1:14

Marriage is an inseparable union.

God created marriage but man created divorce.

Closing Thoughts

Maybe your marriage is on shaky ground. Maybe you and your spouse are struggling. There is hope at your local Bible believing church. If you already attend, then sit down with the pastor and try to work things out. If you do not currently attend a church, ask your spouse to go with you to find a church where the Bible is taught. And once you find such a church, make an appointment with the pastor. He will be glad to help you.

Years ago you made a covenant with your spouse. You made a covenant to love your spouse unconditionally until death do you part. You made this covenant before God. And it was God who married you. Do not turn your back on this covenant.

You may not know this, but couples who regularly attend a church are 35 percent less likely to divorce than those who do not attend at all. However here is another number. Couples who attend church once and a while, say only on Easter and Christmas, are 20 percent more likely to divorce than those who do not attend at all.

I want to let you into a little secret. Attendance has nothing to do with it. It is all about the heart. The Bible tells us that the heart, left alone is sinful. And there is no hope for it, for you, and for your relationships.

But those who put their trust in Jesus are given a new heart. And it is that heart that responds to God and His leading. Having a successful marriage is not related to attendance it is related to having a new heart. And God wants to give you this new heart.

Romans 3:11 says, “There is none who understands; there is none who seeks after God.”

If you are thinking about a relationship with God, it is because God is calling you. God is seeking you. God is drawing you to Himself.

Now, it’s your turn. Believe on Jesus Christ, God the Son. Believe He died for your sins. Turn from your sinful ways and turn to Jesus. Call on Jesus to save you.

If you believed on Jesus and also happen to be married, tell your spouse what you just did. Explain to them your decision to believe on Jesus.  And then ask them to believe as well.

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Resources

Are the Seven Catholic Sacraments Biblical?

Fact Checker: Divorce Rate Among Christians.