Sunday, 4 December 2011

7 Reasons Why It is Good to Marry

Yesterday was Francis and Bridget’s wedding. When are you having yours?

In a world where you have a wedding that cost about twenty million dollars ($20m) end in 72 days, it quite make a lot of sense to have a lot of people dreading marriage and turning a deaf ear when the topic is brought up. Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries’ wedding reportedly cost $20 million. This amount included $2 million Lorraine Schwartz engagement ring, Kim’s wedding dress costing about $20,000 and a $50,000 wedding day facelift for Kim Kardashian.  If these were not enough, Huffington Post reported that the venue for the wedding costs approximately $30 million.

Despite all these spending on the wedding, Kris and Kim called it quit in just 72 days after the nuptials. News of their divorce got world talking. Well, not just talking but people have begun questioning the integrity of one of the best gifts of God to mankind – marriage. People are rethinking their marriage decisions and finding alternatives. Here’s a question for you all: Is marriage worth the investment it requires in today’s world?

Mr. & Mrs. Francis Dunyoh (3/12/2011)
There’s no doubt that people are loosing faith in the institution of marriage and considering other alternatives. The recent increase in lesbianism, bisexuality and all homosexual activities in societies across the globe is evidence of the fact that people are loosing faith in the union of marriage. But there’s hope, a lot of it for that matter. In this article I share with you seven (7) reasons why I think it is good to marry. You are invited to share your thoughts, comments and feedback via the comment box at the end of the article.

In no particular order, the following are some reasons why it is good to marry:

1.    You can be hopeful of a successful marriage
It is good to marry because you can be hopeful of a successful marriage. Psalm 91:7 says, “A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.” You may have heard and seen Kim Kardashian’s marriage come to ruins in 72 days. And you definitely have seen and know too many people (family and friends) whose marriages had hit the rock, but we walk by faith and not by sight and God is saying, “although you have seen so many divorces, your marriage is not going to end in divorce. Divorce is not your portion in Jesus’ name!

How many divorces have you witnessed? Is it up to ten thousand, or even a thousand? God is saying that, even after you have witnessed thousand divorce cases at your left a ten thousand on your right, still have no fears because divorce shall not come near you (Psalm 91:7 NKJV).

What’s more? “Christ in you the hope of glory” – Colossians 1:27b. Jesus said He came so that we might have life and have it more abundantly (John 10:10). Beloved, that abundant life includes our physical, spiritual, and emotional well being. In Christ Jesus you can be hopeful of a successful and joy-filled marriage.

2.    It is better to marry than to burn with desire
The apostle Paul told the early Christians that, “… it is better to marry than to burn with passion” – 1 Corinthians 7:9b NKJV.  Apostle Paul never married but he was fully aware of what it’s like having to exercise self-control for one’s entire life. Although we’re Christians, we’re also human beings with blood flowing through our veins and arteries. And we have a flesh which has a high propensity to sin.
Just a few pages after stating that it’s better to marry than burn with passion (1 Cor 7:9b), the apostle Paul gave the reason why it’s so important to marry. As it turned out, it was because of our body’s tendency to fall into sexual sin. Paul said, “But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified”- 1 Corinthians 9:27. Dear friend, it’s good to marry than to burn with desire.

3.    Marriage attracts favour from God
“Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.” – Proverbs 18:22. Marriage is God’s own institution which He established from the beginning with Adam and Eve being the first couple (Genesis 2:24).Please take note of the word ‘wife’, it’s clear who the favour is for. It’s for he who finds a wife not a girlfriend.

Marriage is obedience to God, and in response he gives favour to the couple. Dear brothers, may we obtain that favour of the LORD as we plan to marry this year and in the years to come. Dear ladies “you will get married and all those who say, ‘over their dead body will you get married’ will see you and they will die” – Dr. David Oyedepo.

4.    Marriage is honourable
“Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.” – Hebrews 13:4.

5.    Marriage brings unity
Genesis 2:24 talks about man leaving his family and cleaving unto his wife; and the two (the couple) become one. Although marriage first and foremost binds two people together, it also brings unity among families, societies and even nations. Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the first president of the Republic of Ghana married an Egyptian. That marriage had built a lasting relationship between Ghanaians and Egyptians even to this day.

6.    It’s not good for the man to live alone
“And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.” – Genesis 2:18

7.    Unity is strength; two is better than one
“Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer.” – Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 NLT.
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