God’s plan for humanity has included marriage from the outset, and it is the cornerstone of the family, which serves as society’s primary social unit. The couple as well as the community benefit when marriage thrives.
2 Corinthians 10:4: For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds.
God’s plan for humanity includes marriage.
Since the beginning of time
Also see: Ge:1:27 1 Co 11:11–12
Marriage is to provide companionship
Also see: Ge 2:20–22; Ge 3:12; Pr 31:10–12
Marriage is to be a committed, exclusive relationship
Also see: Mt 19:5; 1 Co 7:2; Eph 5:31
Marriage is a lifelong partnership
Also see: Ro 7:2; 1 Co 7:39
Marriage is the intended context for raising children
Also see: 1 Co 7:14
Marriage will not exist in heaven
Mt 22:30; 1 Co 7:29–31
Marriage is a covenant relationship between a couple
Also see: Pr 2:17; Eze 16:8
Marriage and Sex
Sex belongs within marriage
1 Co 7:9
Virgins expected men to marry them if they raped them.
Ex 22:16–17; Deut 22:28–29
The sexual relationship is exclusive
Song of Solomon 2:16
Also see: Deut 22:22–24 Marital unfaithfulness is condemned; Pr 5:15–19; 1 Co 6:16; 1 Co 7:3–5
Submission and love in marriage
Falling in love prior to marriage
Also see: Ge 34:3–4; 1 Sa 18:20
Husbands love your wives
Also see: Ge 24:67; 1 Sa 1:5; Ec 9:9; Ho 3:1; Eph 5:28–29; Eph 5:33; Col 3:19
Wives are to submit to their husbands
Ge 3:16; Eph 5:22–24
Also see: Col 3:18; Tt 2:4–5; 1 Pe 3:1–6
The call of celibacy is from God
1 Co 7:7–8
Also See: Je 16:2; Mt 19:10–12; 1 Co 7:36–38 Whilst Paul commends the unmarried state, for those not so-called it is no sin to marry; 1 Ti 5:11–14
Father in heaven,
Thank you for sending your Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for the forgiveness of my sin. Lord Jesus, please forgive me of all of my sins, come into my heart, and be my Lord and Savior. Please, help me to live for you and fill me with your Holy Spirit. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.