We attended a wedding this past weekend. I truly love weddings. There’s something about wedding ceremonies that evoke emotions of love and commitment to celebrate the joining of two people in a new life path. Sometimes the couple express their feelings towards each other, in a spiritual or scriptural setting. The blessing asks for happiness, joy, commitment, sharing, and always love.
It is sad that many marriages break up – between 45% and 50% of them. But, what about that beautiful wedding and all the emotions that got stirred up? Where is that couple who vowed to love each other forever, forsaking all others? Where and why did 45 to 50% of them falter?
They may have forgotten something. They may have left Someone out.
The traditional wedding ceremony usually involves a religious setting, asking God to bless the union, free it of jealousy, anger, infidelity and selfishness. Church weddings include God in the service and He is a part of the day’s happiness and union. A large part. One in which the entire family partakes.
The marriage union has more chance to succeed if they remember to include God in their relationship from the very beginning.
Having God in your marriage is like being part of a tripod. It won’t stand on just 2 feet. It needs the 3rd foot for balance. It is an essential accessory for holding a marriage steady at slow-moving speeds or when we plan long, hoped-for ranges. A God-tripod is the best way to prevent a problem marriage. Otherwise, without it may cause out-of-focus problems or topple over and have to be discarded.
Marriage unions can strengthen by attending and working at church activities or ministries together. Doing so keeps an awareness of keeping God in the marriage. Scripture heard at chuch reminds couples to: Accept one another; Care for one another; Carry each other’s burdens; Forgive one another; Encourage, build up one another; Spur one another on to love and good deeds, Confess your sins to one another; and Pray for one another.
Pray together. It is difficult – almost impossible – to feel anger or not forgive someone when you pray with him or her. Work at not ‘holding on’ to any anger overnight – it may still have embers that may flare up in the morning. “In your anger do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.”
Taken all together, these Scriptures are a blueprint for a happy marriage. Include God in the blueprint, and you will be blessed with a mate who will love you as much as you love back.
A happily married couple once told us their secret: You have to feel that both of you are giving 125%. Include God in that percentage and your odds will go way up.
“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy… husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies…….each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband. (Ephesians 5:25-33)
© Marie Coppola Revised 7/30/ 2018