When God created the first father and mother, He gave them instructions for living. He said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over…every living thing that moves on the earth” (Genesis 1:28). In essence, God told this father and this mother to build a society on the earth, which would honor Him. Don’t overlook the fact this “cultural mandate” was given to both the man and the woman. The man and the woman were to combine their efforts to accomplish a single mission to the glory of God. Of course this combined effort required unity of purpose and work.
Enter sin. God told Adam and Eve not to eat the fruit of a single tree. All the tees in the world were at their disposal except one. They rejected God’s direction in this one area. As a result, Adam and Eve found they were not only at odds with God, they were at odds with each other. This made it impossible for them to work together to build a healthy society on the earth.
There is an important lesson here. Seemingly insignificant sin against God can and often does develop stress within a marriage. In fact, any sin can be disastrous for a marriage. The real remedy is to recognize your sin and return to God.
Today’s Podcast is “The Source of Marital Stress.”