What is the real essence of marriage? First of all, you should not equate marriage with sexual relations. On one side, the Bible condemns all sexual relations outside of marriage as sin. On the other side, God blesses the honeymoon union as holy. Why? The couple is already married. Marriage is not the same as sexual relations. Marriage authorizes sexual relations.
What then is marriage? Speaking to a husband, God says of his wife, “She is your companion and your wife by covenant” (Malachi 2:14). In other words, marriage is a covenant. Not only so, in marriage you make a covenant. You take vows before God. You make promises. You say, “I do promise and covenant before God and these witnesses to be your loving husband or wife in sickness and in health, in plenty and in want, in joy and in sorrow, as long as we both shall live.”
Yes, when you married, you promised to be a companion to your husband or wife as long as you both should live. You promised to be by his or her side so that he or she would never be lonely, never be without encouragement, never be without help, never be without someone to talk to.
A lot of people are breaking their promises these days. How about you? Are you keeping your marriage promises?
Now listen to today’s podcast, “Promising Families.”