WHAT IS MARRIAGE?

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What is Marriage?

Marriage is a lifetime partnership; it is a formal and informal agreement between a man, a woman that is binding for life. At the beginning of every marriage, both the man and woman agree to the terms, conditions and requirements of the contract and sign their consent in the presence of human witnesses and the author of marriage i.e. God.

For this contract to exist and be valid, certain features must be involved. One, the presence of two willing parties – the man and woman. Two, their willingness to proceed with the contract, knowing fully well what is required of them to ensure that the agreement yields good returns for both parties. Each one agreeing to be one another’s supporter when they get weary or weak. The third requirement is that it is done with the author of marriage as a witness.

Because we live in the 21st century where everything is fast paced and way more advanced that it used to be, one would expect that popular false beliefs and myths like, “Marriage is a punishment,” or “Once you get married, you’re in trouble for life,” would have also faded away with time, but no, they still exist. And the reason is simple, when a union is founded on other principles other than the standard, it’s only a matter of time before fear, doubt or intimidation steps in.

There is no fear where love exists. Rather, perfect love banishes fear. (1 John 4:18. ISV).

Love, between a man and woman, is made perfect in a marriage when both parties understand the crucial place that the author’s standards play in the union; when they both realise that beyond their own individual capabilities, there is a place they could never ever be able to take care off based on their human capabilities alone. The sooner a married couple realize this, the better for them.

Marriage is also a pledge of mutual fidelity, commitment and subordination. When two people decide to get married and live together the rest of their lives, what they are committing to do is simply to be faithful to one’s duties and loyal to one’s partner as required in the marriage.

Faithfulness, commitment and loyalty are the key words were Marriage is concerned.

ACTION POINTS:

  1. Define Marriage in your own words.

Discuss the meaning of Faithfulness, Loyalty, Fidelity and Commitment. Tell your partner what these words mean to you in practical terms.


Marriage is a lifetime partnership; it is a formal and informal agreement between a man, a woman that is binding for life. At the beginning of every marriage, both the man and woman agree to the terms, conditions and requirements of the contract and sign their consent in the presence of human witnesses and the author of marriage i.e. God.

For this contract to exist and be valid, certain features must be involved. One, the presence of two willing parties – the man and woman. Two, their willingness to proceed with the contract, knowing fully well what is required of them to ensure that the agreement yields good returns for both parties. Each one agreeing to be one another’s supporter when they get weary or weak. The third requirement is that it is done with the author of marriage as a witness.

 

Because we live in the 21st century where everything is fast paced and way more advanced that it used to be, one would expect that popular false beliefs and myths like, “Marriage is a punishment,” or “Once you get married, you’re in trouble for life,” would have also faded away with time, but no, they still exist. And the reason is simple, when a union is founded on other principles other than the standard, it’s only a matter of time before fear, doubt or intimidation steps in.

There is no fear where love exists. Rather, perfect love banishes fear. (1 John 4:18. ISV).

Love, between a man and woman, is made perfect in a marriage when both parties understand the crucial place that the author’s standards play in the union; when they both realise that beyond their own individual capabilities, there is a place they could never ever be able to take care off based on their human capabilities alone. The sooner a married couple realize this, the better for them.

Marriage is also a pledge of mutual fidelity, commitment and subordination. When two people decide to get married and live together the rest of their lives, what they are committing to do is simply to be faithful to one’s duties and loyal to one’s partner as required in the marriage.

Faithfulness, commitment and loyalty are the key words were Marriage is concerned.

 

ACTION POINTS:

  1. Define Marriage in your own words.

Discuss the meaning of Faithfulness, Loyalty, Fidelity and Commitment. Tell your partner what these words mean to you in practical terms.