Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband. 1 Cor. 7:3
In today’s NT bible study, we read of Paul’s writing on marriage. In reading the text, it is evident that marriage is viewed as needing a lot of work to make the relationship work.
When Lady Diana and Prince Charles were wed, there were high hopes for this romanticized couple. Their wedding was so perfect that it seemed to have been taken out of a storybook; few would have guessed the turmoil and pain their marriage would contain.
Perhaps marriages fail because people do not know how to build good relationships. In the text, Paul is aware of the difficulty in building a successful marriage. He advises that before the preacher is called and savings spent, individuals should be ready to fulfill their personal obligations than having high expectations of their spouses. I always say to our church, not every woman is a wife and not every man is a husband. The qualities of Husband and wife are built in us during the life we live before marriage. Those are the qualities we bring at the marriage table to be shared with another. So, if you are not ready, don't rush into marriage to become a burden.
Many people naively believe that marriage will solve several of their most pressing problems: loneliness, sexual temptation, emotional needs, and purpose in life; but marriage alone solves none of these qualms. Instead, sometimes marriage creates more conflicts like sacrificing dreams, childbearing, personality differences and many other issues.
To have success in marriage, you ought to look at it as a gift from God. Do not use marriage to fulfil your life expectations, but as gifts are given for a purpose, enjoy marriage when you live in it as God intended it to be. To share yourself with someone.
My marriage is a gift from God. I will love my spouse as God intended for me to enjoy my life in Jesus name.