24th November 2017

The Gift of Marriage 

Let marriage be held in honour (esteemed worthy, precious, of great price, and especially dear) in all things.
Hebrews 13:4 (AMPC)

Our congratulations go the UK’s Queen Elizabeth and her husband, Prince Philip, on the week of the seventieth wedding anniversary. It’s refreshing to read of a caring, enduring love between a man and woman in a world where there is so much negative news about marital break-ups and fraught relationships.

The writer of the book of Hebrews wrote to believers in a society where the basic structures of society were being challenged from various sources. It is in this context that the author reminds us of the value of marriage and of how due honour should be accorded to that God-given institution.

Our own denomination points to the sanctity of marriage. Note this section from our Statement of Beliefs: God loves us with a perfect, freely given and eternally faithful love, establishing marriage as an exclusive and sacred union between one man and one woman to be a unique living witness that reflects and honours God’s covenant relationship with his people in Jesus Christ (https://www.gci.org/aboutus/beliefs#Marriage).

Of course, problems might exist in any relationship, and there can be understandable reasons as to why some marriages don’t work. At the same time let’s not forget the positive examples of marriage that we see around us.

Let’s celebrate the gift of marriage. 

Prayer
Thank you, Father, for the gift of marriage, and we pray that you would strengthen us through your Spirit in all our relationships so that your Son, Jesus, may be glorified. In Jesus
’ name.
Amen
 

Study by James Henderson

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About the Author:
James Henderson is the National Ministry Leader for Grace Communion International in the UK and Ireland.

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