“And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of man. Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother, and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh” (Genesis 2:23,24).
Marriage was instituted by God at the creation of man as one man with one woman for life.
Jesus confirms that this is God’s intention for marriage: “. . . Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘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.” (Matthew 19:4-6).
The woman is there to be supportive of her husband and to be able to care and provide for him. The man is there as a leader, protector and provider for his wife allowing them to work together to build a loving home in which God is honoured. When problems arise it is important to face them in prayerfulness and faith and to discuss things together. It is a relationship that has to be worked at; the quality of which is explained by the apostle Paul. “Wives, submit yourselves unto your husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for her . . . For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh . . . Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife even as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband” (Ephesians 5:22-33).
The marriage should be based upon a common understanding in which their mutual love aims to glorify God in all things. Marriage is a desire to assist one’s spouse to attain to the Kingdom of God.
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(Quotations are from the New King James Version of the Bible)