Given December 26, 2008
I wrote in Part 1, how God gave me these seven important steps in marriage. Today, I am posting the remaining steps given and a “bonus” step. If you haven’t read the first four steps, please follow the “Part 1” link above.
5. The Marriage Bed If these steps had been in order of importance, (God didn’t give them to me that way), this one might have been #2. Human sexuality was created by God and has intended applications, many of which have been hijacked by the world. “Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.” Hebrews 13:4. “The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband. Do not deprive each other except by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer.” 1 Corinthians 7:3,5. It’s important!
6. Don’t Go To Bed Mad Disagreements are going to happen and, left unresolved, will fester and turn into something much worse; the devil will see to it. Deal with maritial anger before going to sleep. “In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry.” Ephesians 4:26.
7. Pray Together Prayer is one of the most important things in a Christians life so that transfers to marriage as well. Husband and wife should make it a practice to pray together on a regular basis. “Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.” Matthew 18:19-20. And, “If one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:12.
Bonus step – Do Things Together God said in Genesis, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.” Genesis 2:18. God intended for man and wife to be together. Many times in marriage, man and wife grow apart and the devil will throw anything in the mix to enhance that. Strive to do things together on a regular basis.
Well, those are the Seven Most Important Things In Marriage as God gave them to me. I’m sure He was talking to me and my wonderful wife specifically but I suspect these “things” may be useful to you in your marriage. And, if you’re not married, file this away for when God reveals your life-long mate to you. Be blessed!