A) WHY IS MARRIAGE UNDER ASSAULT?
1] Change in Lifestyle
2] Change in Sexual Values
3] Change in Perspective
Marriage is under assault today because our world has changed – has made us self-centred & self-obsessed – we have forgotten the meaning of true love – have become incapable of real love!
B) WHAT DOES MARRIED LIFE `IN ALL ITS FULLNESS’ LOOK LIKE?
1] Focus on its Purpose
Gen 2:21-25 – 21So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. 22Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. 23The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.” 24That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh. 25Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.
- Sex – the seal of a life-long covenant relationship
- Family & Home – the fruit of covenant love
- God’s glory – the ultimate purpose of marriage
2] Flee Lust
1 Cor 6:18 – Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body
Eph 5:3 – Let there be no sexual immorality, impurity, or greed among you. Such sins have no place among God’s people
Job 31:1 – I made a covenant with my eyes not to look with lust at a woman
3] Follow the Manual
Eph 5:25, 28-29, 31-33 – 25For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her…28In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies. For a man who loves his wife actually shows love for himself. 29No one hates his own body but feeds and cares for it, just as Christ cares for the church…31As the Scriptures say, “A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.” 32This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one. 33So again I say, each man must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.
- Covenantal purity
- Life-long Commitment
- Spouse your priority
- Love like Christ
As long as time endures and God remains on his throne – marriage will always remain at the foundation of human society!