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For Better or for Worse

Our text is from Matthew 19:5. And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? 19:6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

I love weddings. It is a happy time. It is a new beginning and a new chapter in a couple’s life. The celebration, the honeymoon, and the excitement is all a grand and wonderful moment and yet…there are times when marriage can be tough. Financial issues (including jobs), in-laws, sex, religion, children, and health issues can put a strain on any marriage. There will be times when marriage is not for better, but mainly for worse…or so it may seem. Not long after the honeymoon wears off the trouble begins to rear its ugly head. A happy marriage turns to a mirage---Two words that are spelled differently but mean the same thing. At least it may seem that way at times.

Where do you turn and what do you do? I’m glad you asked. There are scores of books written on this subject matter so I’m not going to add anything to them but I just wanted to say that Jesus Christ can make all the difference in any relationship.

In the Bible a marriage that isn’t founded on the Lord Jesus Christ isn’t founded on the right foundation so many marriages start off wrong to begin with. Read Psalm 127:1. It doesn’t take long for many marriages to begin to crumble under a sandy and unstable foundation. Prayer and Bible reading together will be invaluable supports and helps also.

Then there has to be a commitment to each other in love. Anybody can live under the same roof but to live under the same roof in harmony and love is another matter. Marriage is two becoming one not one against one. You must work together as a team. Even then it will be difficult but with the Lord’s help you can have a happy and a wonderful marriage.

But remember, it is not all for better, but for better and for worse.

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