Ahava Love Letter
“ABC’s of Marriage”
“Marriage should be honored by everyone.” (Heb. 13:4)
Dear family of friends,
Marriage was ordained by the Lord. It is not a man-made institution, whereby we are the ones who decide what marriage is or isn’t. The Lord has already decided that, and we are the wise ones if we follow His plan.
Those whom He has blessed to join in the union of marriage will find His purposes in it, if the foundation is properly laid. Thus I share on the “ABC’s” of marriage.
Jesus is the “Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End” (Rev. 1:8). He is the “Author and Finisher” (Heb. 12:2) of our faith. He is the “A”. To have a successful marriage, we have to start at the main foundational point. We must start with “A”, Who is the Lord.
The next step in having a successful marriage is to be yoked equally together (2 Cor. 6:14) As a declaration of our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, each in the marriage must have declared publicly that they know Him, that they have repented of their sins, accepted His forgiveness, and have demonstrated that belief publicly in water baptism, the “B” portion of the foundation.
Placing this “brick” in the building will help sustain a long-lasting relationship founded on the Rock. When the floods come, when the temptations arise, when the winds blow hard, this foundational brick will help sustain them through the trials that will come.
Once the first two segments are in place by each partner, the next important cementing ingredient is covenant, the big “C”. Covenant is the everlasting commitment each will make to each other, knowing that they are making this life-long union before and with the Lord. When this three strand cord is in place, the trust in His word, as written in Ecclesiastes 4:12, “Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken” will hold strong.
Covenant is the solid commitment each makes to each other, to no longer live for one self, but to make the sacrifice necessary to live for the other. The marriage covenant, having been made, says to each other that “until death do us part” we will remain in the marriage for His purposes and will.
When the initial “ABC’s” for the foundation have thus been laid, the “D” word is not given any place to be considered at any point. Divorce is not a “plan B” option. It will not be a choice to be considered. The couple fully understands that whatever it takes, must be taken to assure the lasting union. They will work out whatever obstacles come their way, and forces that would storm against them. With His grace continually working in their relationship, the marriage union will endure.
Keeping these three foundational stones in place will maintain the covenant vows we made to our spouse, whether for the first time or the last time.
By knowing the Alpha and the Omega is Lord in each life, and that He is the One who will sustain us “for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness or in health, to love and to cherish 'till death do us part”, gives us the hope, love and faith for all times.
Ahava to my family of friends,
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Ahava Love Letter #31 Date: Aug. 30, in the year of our Lord 2011