Living Vows

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   It is a precious moment — for God…and for a couple.  The “spot light” is on the vows being shared in the presence of God and human witnesses. One particular phrase stands out:  “…to live together in the holy estate of matrimony as God ordained it.”

   These are words found in a Christ-centered wedding. God’s role is recognized and respected.  A shared commitment is made to Him for the life of this marriage.

   Herein lies a risk. The above words can be spoken but not respected. The precious moment can be corrupted by disbelief or defiance. A human agenda supersedes God’s regardless of the words spoken…and God knows what has taken place. You cannot con God. 

   We need to be mindful of a section of Scripture that applies here. God, through the apostle Paul, shares these words of warning: “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction.” (Galatians 6:7-8a)

   As this relates to marriage, God cannot bless what He does not endorse. This includes marriages that fall outside what He “ordained.”  There is no “solid Rock” foundation in marriage when God is removed.

   What also needs serious attention is the “destruction” which Paul references. In a marriage where the shared vows are God-limited the relationship is both fragile and vulnerable…more prone to “destruction.”

   Perhaps this example will help.  One of the spouses took the God-centered vows seriously. The other did not.  When the latter spouse begins to show evidence of a serious anger problem, and the other partner attempts to address this problem with the Bible, no impact is gained. There is no common ground to address this growing crisis in the marriage. Over time a divorce destroys this marriage.

   As God planned the “holy estate of matrimony,” He envisioned a vibrant love relationship between Himself and the spouses. There would be a mutual commitment and understanding regarding His vital role in the marriage.  The vows would live on in the marriage. He would be the cement that would preserve this holy love relationship — “till death do them part.”

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