Desire a Marriage that is Acceptable to God
Marriage is desirable and upright in the eyes of God. In the Bible Hebrews 13:4 says that “Marriage is honorable to all, and the bed undefiled.” The Apostle Paul likewise maintained a high regard to marriage. In 1 Corinthians the seventh chapter Paul outlines the accountability, privileges and the limitations of the union of marriage.
The Privileges within a Marriage
God intended for marriage to provide an outlet for sexual desires and cravings. Sex was designed by God. The Bible shows that the Apostle Paul stated to Corinth: “Let every man have his own wife, and let every women have her own husband.” The husband and the wife are advised to take care of each other’s needs in the area of sex. Paul uses the indirect term “due benevolence” to refer to sex in the relationship. When we keep sex from our partners, the Bible says that we “defraud” or rob our spouse. The marriage partners may come to a mutual agreement to abstain from sex under the following circumstances:
• When both partners agree
• Should only last a limited amount of time
• When the couple wants to devote time to God (for example on a fast)
The Accountability of Marriage
With certain rights in marriage also comes accountability. Marriage is considered in the eyes of God to be a permanent relationship. Divorce is not supposed to be an option in a marriage. Divorce is only acceptable according to the Word of God when there has been infidelity in a marriage. Paul also says if an unsaved spouse leaves a believing spouse in a marriage the believer is “not under bondage”. This may come into play when one of the partners accepts Christ after the couple is married (1 Corinthians 7:12-16).
The Limitations of a Marriage
In 1 Corinthians 7:39 the Bible shows that Christian should only marry a Christian. A Christian that marries an unbeliever is not pleasing in the eyes of God and should be avoided at all costs. The Word of God says do not be “unequally yoked” in 2 Corinthians 6:14. When a couple in unequally yoked, the believer in that relationship, will be limited in serving God. In addition, there will be a constant spiritual supernatural warfare (in the spiritual realms) going on at all times. This supernatural warfare will manifest itself in the natural realms and the couple will not even be able to pray together because of the unbelieving spouse. The children will also be affected by this “unequal yoke” and may remain unsaved.
Before a couple marries they should be counseled by a Christian minister concerning the issues discussed in this article. Marriage should never be entered into on a trial basis. Marriage is always entered into only as a permanent relationship. Any couple the enters to a marriage contract should desire a marriage that is acceptable to God