What the Bible Says About Marriage, Pt. 1
Marriage is hard. Whoever said it was easy is a liar. It's not all peaches and cream after the honeymoon. If you're not prepared to work at your marriage then I fear that you may be in for a long and dreadful road that will either lead to divorce or a lifetime of unhappiness. God created marriage, and he intended it for good. In October 2011 I will have been married five years. No, I'm not an expert, but I have learned a valuable lesson and that is that marriage is hard work.
Kels and I are constantly talking about our marriage and how to make it better. After hearing bits and pieces about marriage from the Bible over the past few years, I decided I would try to compile some of the core passages about marriage and offer my 2 cents. I'm not sure how many posts this will end up being, but we'll see where God takes it.
18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.” 19 So the Lord God formed from the ground all the wild animals and all the birds of the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would call them, and the man chose a name for each one. 20 He gave names to all the livestock, all the birds of the sky, and all the wild animals. But still there was no helper just right for him. 21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep. While the man slept, the Lord God took out one of the man’s ribs and closed up the opening. 22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib, and he brought her to the man. 23 “At last!” the man exclaimed. “This one is bone from my bone, and flesh from my flesh! She will be called ‘woman,’ because she was taken from ‘man.’” 24 This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.
Verse 18 strikes a big chord with me. It is not good for man to be alone. It's tough being alone. Not having anyone to share life with--joys, sorrows, heartaches, belly laughs. When Kels is away for any period of time and I am alone, I get pretty restless and yearn for her return. I simply love spending time with my wife. She is awesome, and so far in the almost five years we've been married, I haven't been sick of spending time with her yet. I hope I never do.
I don't have anything else to say about this one. It's a simple history lesson about how woman came from man and they were meant to be together. That's beautiful in and of itself.
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