Or do you not know, brothers—for I am speaking to those who know the law—that the law is binding on a person only as long as he lives? For a married woman is bound by law to her husband while he lives, but if her husband dies she is released from the law of marriage. Accordingly, she will be called an adulteress if she lives with another man while her husband is alive. But if her husband dies, she is free from that law, and if she marries another man she is not an adulteress.Romans 7:1-3
Throughout the Old and New Testaments, marriage is presented as the type of relationship God intends to have with His people even though mankind is often less than faithful to God.
Today’s world (and many Christians) fail to value marriage as a covenant relationship between a man and a woman. Still, the model is in place and Paul uses the covenant relationship between a man and a woman in the verses above to describe the impact of God’s law in our lives. Even if you aren’t married, you can appreciate the idea of what God intended.
A few weeks ago, a friend of mine asked me for the secrets of thirty-seven years of marriage. She wanted to pass on my thoughts to her son who recently proposed. Her’e how I responded –
- First, divorce has never been an option. We’ve never considered it.
- Second, we are aligned on our faith and everything else radiates from that central point of commitment.
- Third, there is no Marty. There is no Patrina. There is only Marty and Patrina. We make a point of living our lives together.
Marriage was God’s idea from the beginning and so honoring your marriage is a good way to honor God with your life.