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Are You Faithful in Your Marriage?

by David Pharr

Are you faithful in your marriage? Wait! Before you dismiss the question, read on.

In Romans 7:4 we read of being "married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead (Christ)."

The idea of Christians being married to Christ is taught in several places (2 Cor. 11:2; Eph. 5:23-32; John 3:29; etc.). If you are a Christian you are married to Christ.

The vows of marriage are sacred. Just as in earthly marriage, there are promises, commitments, and duties that inhere in our marriage to Christ. One is not at liberty to disregard, even for a time, the sacred promises made to Him.

Our marriage to Christ takes precedence over earthly marriage. More than to husband or wife we must be faithful to Him. Luke 14:26 makes it very plain that loyalty to Christ must come before loyalty to husband or wife.

In Luke 14:20 one used the excuse, "I have married a wife." One who lets earthly marriage get in the way of faithfulness to Christ will miss the blessings of the kingdom.

When a marriage is real, it is not held together simply by the legal obligations. There are such obligations, but the effective cement that holds the union is not law alone, but love. So in our marriage to Christ. There are indeed stated laws and obligations. But our faithfulness, our devotion, and our joy is sustained by the compelling love of Him who died for us (2 Cor. 5:14-15).

"...upon this rock I will build My church..." Matt.16:18

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