Sunday, July 16, 2017

Four Pillars of Marriage (Genesis 2:24-25, 1 Cor. 7:3-4)

1. The Pillar of Priority
Marriage is designed by God to operate as the top priority in your life! Out side of your relationship with Christ your marriage is to be your top priority. If your marriage and your relationship with your spouse is not your priority, your marriage will suffer! Your career, the house, even the children are not to be the priority. All are important but will not be as good as they could be if you prioritize your relationship with your spouse. 

This takes SACRIFICE- be willing to give up something for your spouse. It will take TIME- quality time is needed to make a good marriage a great marriage! It will take ENERGY- to meet their needs spiritually, emotionally and physically. It will take the right ATTITUDE- ask the Lord to give you the desire to make your mate your priority! All of this will need to be constantly protected from good things becoming your priority!

2. Pillar of Pursuit
Marriage is work! You must work at this relationship. Before we are married we work hard at pursuing our mate, but often after we are married the pursuing stops. It is too easy to drop out of the relationship when hard times come, but very same hard times might be there to bind us together, but we must work at it! Sometimes over the years our emotions for one another may change, but we must be in control of our will. God's love is based on a decision not based on emotions!

3. Pillar of Possession
Adam and Eve became one! The Lord created marriage for you and your spouse to share eveything. What is yours is hers.

4. Pillar of Purity
It is interesting to note that the Lord design marriage to function in an atmosphere of total nakedness, physically, emotionally, mentally and even spiritually.When there is purity in our marriage there is trust. Our spouse should be a safe place for us! we ought to be able to shareour hearts with trust! But where there is not purity trust will be hinder!

There may be other pillars that we could add but these four give strength and stability to marriages. When these pillars are set up on the foundation of Christ the marriage will be a successful mariage. If one tries to set these up any other way the marriage will fail! Psalm 127:1 reminds us of this declaring "Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it."

Tim Hadley Sr.

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