It has been said that marriage teaches us loyalty, forbearance, self-restraint and a lot of other qualities we wouldn’t need if we had remained single. It seems that more are choosing to postpone or even forsake marriage than at any time in recent history.

Paul warned against getting married, telling us in 1 Corinthians 7:28, “But and if thou marry, thou hast not sinned …Nevertheless such shall have trouble in the flesh.” He gave as his primary reason for marriage in 1 Corinthians 7:9 writing, “ But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.” (with passion) He also said that an unmarried person can give, “undistracted devotion to the Lord.” ( 1 Corinthians 7:35)

As we think about the inordinate number of divorces today, could it be that many who have married should have remained single?

Marriage is not for those that think it will make them happy, but rather for those who are already happy. It’s not for those with serious, unresolved psychological issues, but who are mentally and emotionally healthy. One who will be willing to divorce for trivial reasons should never marry. Marriage is for those who commit to stay married. A believer should never marry an unbeliever, but both should be born again and come from compatible faiths.

Those who have been recently divorced should wait for remarriage until they have properly healed. Also, marriage should only take place after an acceptable level of premarital counseling.

You see, marriage is a privilege that should be looked upon as highly esteemed and not entered into frivolously. It is sacred to God, as it should be to us as well. We bring shame upon Christ when we treat marriage as though it has little value.

Marriage is not for everyonebut Jesus is!  Unfortunately, everyone will not receive his message of salvation. Everyone will not choose to become part of his bride … the Church.  What about you? An earthly marriage can be a beautiful thing, but we should never consider marriage until our relationship with Christ is where it needs to be. First things first … right?

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