weddingcoupleThe word marriage should not to be confused with the word wedding. A wedding is a ceremony that takes place with music, flowers, singing, family and friends. The word marriage is defined as an intimate or close union between a man and a woman; being united in wedlock. If you want your marriage to be successful, you must make a commitment to your spouse that you will continually work on new ideas and that will improve and enhance your relationship, i.e. learn to love in spite of, respect and honor each other more.

Jesus focused on marriage rather than divorce. He pointed out that God intended marriage to be permanent and gave four reasons for the importance of marriage. You can find those reasons in Matthew 19:4-6.

Ephesians 5:21-25 is a great example of how the husband and the wife are to treat each other. Genesis 2:18-24 explains that God's creative work was not complete until he made woman. He could have made her from the dust of the ground, as he made man. God chose, however, to make her from the man's flesh and bone. In so doing, he illustrated for us that in marriage man and woman symbolically are united into one. This is a mystical union of the couple's hearts and lives. Throughout the Bible, God treats this special partnership seriously. If you are married or planning to be married, are you willing to keep the commitment that makes the two of you one? The goal in marriage should be more than friendship; it should be oneness.

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