And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. – Matthew 19.4-6
Marriage is important. It was the first institution when God gave Adam and Eve His purpose for marriage. Way back in Genesis we read the words ‘a man shall leave his own parents and cleave to his wife than they shall be one flesh.’
That never changes. Jesus says the same words here. What God has joined let no man put asunder.
It is important for Christians to grasp that because the New Testament teaches us that marriage is the best way for us to show the world the relationship between Christ and the church. It too is a relationship where believers are made one with each other and one with Christ.
Our homes are more than just our homes. Our homes represent and image of what it means to be a Christian and have a relationship with the bridegroom. The purpose is that the world that may never pick up a Bible will see Christ in our homes.
This is always a tough topic to address. The reality is that in a broken world a lot of people and a lot of Christians are in situations where this didn’t play out. Some folks can feel bad about the topic and some can be critical. The truth is that we live in a broken world full of broken people and bad things happen. Marriage breakdowns happen, but that doesn’t change the fact that it is designed as a picture of salvation and we need to do all we can to make sure that our marriages measure up. God loves marriage and God hates divorce, but God loves His people.