Marriage is a legal union of a man and a woman as husband and wife. It was instituted by the Almighty God. It is an avenue for companionship and for procreation; it enables the husband and the wife to achieve peace and true happiness in mutual affection and love for each other; it makes for orderliness and stability in society by the grace of God. Apart from the love of God, there is no other connection which is stronger than the marriage bond. The Holy Scriptures - the word of God - is replete with divine information that make for better understanding of what marriage is and how to make it work successfully by the grace of God. It needs be pointed out that the idea of a man and a woman agreeing to merely live together is not marriage.
TEXT : “And the Lord said, it is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.”- Genesis 2:18.
COMMENT: The creative work of the Almighty God was not complete until He made woman. He made Eve from the rib of the man. In so doing, God illustrated for us that in marriage, the man and woman symbolically become one flesh. All through the Holy Scriptures, the Almighty God treats the marriage union seriously, stating that He hates putting away (Malachi 2:15,16; 1 Corinthians 7:10,11). If one is married or planning to marry, such one must show willingness to keep the commitment that makes two to be one - an important ingredient for a happy married life by the grace of God.
A couple can only be said to be married if they are united in purpose, otherwise, they would be seen as strangers living under the same roof. Oneness involves constant and intimate interactions to understand one another and care for one another (Ephesians 5:25,28,29,33). The husband should have high regard for the wife and treat her with tenderest kindness just as Adam appreciated the woman when he saw her. On her part, the wife should appropriately reciprocate her husband’s love for her and assist, encourage and support him in every way. Each party should know the weaknesses, disappointments and sorrows of the other and share in the joys, strengths, and positive aspirations of the other. Both should nurse determination to build a godly and happy home by God’s grace (Proverbs 14:1). St Paul admonished; “Nevertheless, let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.” - Ephesians 5:33.