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Why Marriage?

Why get married? That’s been the question. If you can have a support system and companionship without sexual immorality, why get married?

To me, it’s obvious that God created marriage for more than just the right to have sex. In fact, I believe that if He didn’t create marriage for more than that, we wouldn’t see so many failed marriages. Satan attacks marriages and families because they are the most powerful foundational relationships God created between human beings.

But, in response to the original question, I have a question. What if we aren’t living up to our potential to know why God has given some of us a spouse? The Bible says that a wife of noble character will help her husband (Proverbs 31:12, NLT). But, what if he’s not living up to his full potential to know why he needs the help a virtuous wife? Perhaps that’s the real question we need to ask.

I don’t believe that people have to get married, but I do believe that there is a purpose behind marriage. Married couples are supposed to build one another up in their walk with God. And if spouses aren’t living up to their full potential, then it’s easy to wonder what the purpose of your marriage is. When you’re not in a situation or position where you need the support that only a marital spouse can provide, it’s easy to believe that any support would do.

If God blesses you with marriage, great. If He blesses you with singleness, just as good (1 Corinthians 7:7).  Whatever He blesses you with, just know that if you’re not operating out of your full God-given potential, it can easily seem like a curse.

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A Heavy Heart and Light Yoke

The heart is something serious. “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks (Luke 6:45).” That’s not said for no reason.

Yesterday was a hard day. My heart was heavy. My mind was bogged down. I was off my game yesterday. It was a long mental and emotional day. And the day went on. The world didn’t stop for my bad day.

And then I read yesterday, Proverbs 14:13, “Laughter can conceal a heavy heart; when the laughter ends, the grief remains.”

I read that verse and it was all too true to me. I laughed at the end of the day, but once I got home, all the concerns were still heavy on my heart. It’s true. “Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can fully share its joy (Proverbs 14:10).”

But there’s something else that’s true about the heaviness our burdens place on our heart, and it makes all the difference.

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

Matthew 11: 28-30

No matter who you are, no matter how big your burden is, Christ’s yoke is easy to bear. The way I think of it is that “one size fits all.” Although the burden might be heavy, Christ’s yoke is easy enough for you to wear and strong enough for him bear.

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