Saturday, June 28, 2014

The Sanctity of God-Ordained Marriage

Are there ever temptations placed in our path after we make the promise & covenant to be faithful to our spouse in marriage? The answer is a big "yes". Temptations are placed in our path daily, hourly, and sometimes on a moment-by-moment basis. Just a few of these temptations that can affect a marriage include:

Lust
Adultery
Homosexuality
Bisexuality
Pornography

The list can go on and on. So what does God's word say in regards to how we are to handle these temptations? How precious is the marriage covenant in God's eyes?

Scripture:

Genesis 2:18 -
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.”

Malachi 2:16 -
 “For I hate divorce!” says the Lord, the God of Israel. “To divorce your wife is to overwhelm her with cruelty,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. “So guard your heart; do not be unfaithful to your wife.”

Matthew 5:32 -
But I say that a man who divorces his wife, unless she has been unfaithful, causes her to commit adultery. And anyone who marries a divorced woman also commits adultery.

Matthew 19:6 -
Since they are no longer two but one, let no one split apart what God has joined together.

Matthew 19:9 -
And I tell you this, whoever divorces his wife and marries someone else commits adultery—unless his wife has been unfaithful.

Romans 7:1-3 -
Now, dear brothers and sisters—you who are familiar with the law—don’t you know that the law applies only while a person is living?  For example, when a woman marries, the law binds her to her husband as long as he is alive. But if he dies, the laws of marriage no longer apply to her. So while her husband is alive, she would be committing adultery if she married another man. But if her husband dies, she is free from that law and does not commit adultery when she remarries.

1 Corinthians 7:2-3 -
But because there is so much sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife, and each woman should have her own husband.The husband should fulfill his wife’s sexual needs, and the wife should fulfill her husband’s needs.

2 Corinthians 6:14-18 -
 Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness? What harmony can there be between Christ and the devil? How can a believer be a partner with an unbeliever? And what union can there be between God’s temple and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God said:
“I will live in them

    and walk among them.

I will be their God,
    and they will be my people.

Therefore, come out from among unbelievers,
    and separate yourselves from them, says the Lord.
Don’t touch their filthy things,
    and I will welcome you.
 
And I will be your Father,
    and you will be my sons and daughters,
    says the Lord Almighty."

Ephesians 5:22-23 -
 For wives, this means submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For a husband is the head of his wife as Christ is the head of the church. He is the Savior of his body, the church.

Ephesians 5:31-33 -
As the Scriptures say, “A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.” This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one. So again I say, each man must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

Hebrews 4:15-16
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.


James 4:7
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

1 Peter 3:3-4 -
Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay.

2 Peter 2:9
The Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and to hold the
unrighteous for punishment on the day of judgment.

Statistics/Quotes:

"Affairs happen twice as often with individuals who are living together [and unmarried] than with those who are married."
- Journal of Marriage & the Family 62 (February 2000): 48-60

"Almost half of all marriages (41%) will be tarnished by the sin of adultery. That doesn't include the secret porn habits of who knows how many more otherwise "faithful" spouses. It also doesn't fully account for the adulterous desires harbored by the majority of all married men (74%) and women (68%) who would have an affair if they knew they would never get caught."
Mars Hill Church, Pastor Mark Driscoll

"Before you cheat on your spouse, you have to cheat on God first. You can't break commandment #7 without first breaking commandments #1 and #2.: worship only God and you will not worship sex instead."
- Mars Hill Church, Pastor Mark Driscoll

"Marriage brings two people together under the authority of something bigger than themselves. Until a couple is married, their commitment to each other is a human commitment. Marriage elevates that commitment beyond human limitations."

"Married people have much higher levels of happiness than unmarried people."
- Journal of Marriage & the Family (Marital Status & Happiness: A 17 Nation Study)

"Marriage and divorce are both common experiences. In Western cultures, more than 90 percent of people marry by age 50. Healthy marriages are good for couples’ mental and physical health. They are also good for children; growing up in a happy home protects children from mental, physical, educational and social problems. However, about 40 to 50 percent of married couples in the United States divorce. The divorce rate for subsequent marriages is even higher."
American Psychological Association

"Children of divorced parents are at least 50% more likely to get a divorce than those from an unbroken home. [Furthermore], when both the husband and wife come from divorced families, the odds of divorce are 200% higher."
- Mars Hill Church, Pastor Mark Driscoll

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