TODAY'S WORD FOR Monday, April 16, 2018:
The legal union of a man and a woman; the social institution under which a man and woman live as husband and wife by legal or religious commitments.
He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor of the Lord.
A man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
In just a few months we will have been married for 61 years. We both can look back and remember the day we were married and all the events that preceded our marriage. Our parents had prepared us for marriage from a biblical perspective. Watching how our parents lived and walked during their married life set a positive example for us.
Unfortunately, what many children are experiencing in the world today are broken marriages. Many live in single parent homes.
Marriage is ordained by God and is to be honored by all believers. Honor means highly esteemed. God intended marriage to be the most precious, warm, tender, and dearest of relationships between a man and a woman.
During the marriage ceremony two people, husband and wife take a vow that they will be faithful and true to one another as long as they both shall live. The marriage vow as ordained by God is to be a life-long commitment. A commitment is a promise and a promise comes with an obligation to work to fulfill that promise.
Unfortunately, what we see today is that people no longer fulfill their commitments. There is also a “throw away” mentality that if we do not like something we throw it away and get a new one. Thus it is with marriage way too often. When problems in marriage arise, there is no commitment to keep the promise made on the wedding day.
The apostle Paul wrote in Ephesians 5:25, “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loved the church, and gave Himself for it.” And in Ephesians 5:31-32 Paul wrote, “For this cause shall man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall become one flesh.”
Paul is telling us that marriage unites two people so that they are no longer two entities but one single entity. This is a huge adjustment that newly married couples need to make because they have, before marriage, been used to having their own independence and they did what they wanted to do. After marriage it changed from, “I want” to “What do you want?” and this is an adjustment with great rewards. When two begin working together for common goals, that they agree upon to benefit each other, a true union is developed. The strength of a marriage is dependent upon unity.
The key to a long and successful marriage is for both spouses to commit their lives first to God and then to each other. When a married couple is truly committed to serve God in their marriage they will read the Bible together daily, pray daily, tithe of their income and press on daily to serve our Lord. God’s promise is found in I Samuel 2:30, “for them that honor Me, I will honor.”
Our memory verse for this week is found in Joshua 1:8.
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
Thank You for Your promise that You will put Your blessing upon our marriage if we promise to love You and put our trust in You and honor You in our lives.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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