The Basic Elements of a Christian Marriage
As Christians we should keep our understanding and guidelines of a marriage based on the Bible. As we see in the Bible the sacred institution of marriage was created by God and should be between a woman and a man. As we look around in the media today we can see a lot of disagreement with this, however, most Christians still agree with the definition of marriage that the Bible expresses.
Traditionally, most Christian marriages are performed in a church directed by a minister of the Lord who gives the marriage vows. This type of ceremony signifies that the particular marriage is accountable to the throne of God and also protected under the Spirit and Power of God.
The Bible shows that when a marriage happens the man leaves his natural family and cleaves to his wife and they two become one flesh. The Bible shows that this is a great mystery. This bonding is a physical and spiritual bonding that comes with a lot of power and responsibility. The enemy knows the power of marriage. This is the reason that the powers of darkness fight to separate a Christian marriage and just marriage in general.
As we see in the Bible, a marriage also shows the connection between the Church and the Lord Jesus. So in this we can also see the holiness and the importance that the Lord places on marriage.
Ephesians 5:25-27: “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.”
1Peter 3:7: You husbands, in like manner, live with your wives according to knowledge, giving honor to the woman, as to the weaker vessel, as being also joint heirs of the grace of life; that your prayers may not be hindered.
Proverbs 3:5-6:Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
The Bible shows that the couple should leave their natural families and cleave together to become one. So many marriages fail because one or both parties of the couple are still attached in some way to their parents or family member. This attachment could be physical, emotional or spiritual. God’s will is for a man and woman to have a firm foundation of trust and respect in their marriage. When there are too many outside contributions to the marriage there will be problems. Once married the couple should continue to communicate about things that are important to them individually and as a couple. These could be issues such as : sexual, financial, spiritual, physical and family issues. When a married couple’s communication lines are open a healthy marriage will result when we remember “The Basic Elements of a Christian Marriage.
A Christian Couple should live by and never forget: