The Marriage Bond

2 Corinthians 6:14 – “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?”

A husband and wife who were having problems in their marriage asked their pastor for counsel. After a rather lengthy session with them, he realized that he wasn’t making any progress in resolving their conflicts. Noticing a cat and a dog lying side-by-side in front of the fireplace, he said, “Look at how peaceful they are. They certainly don’t see eye-to-eye on everything.” The husband commented, “Yes, but just tie them together and see what happens!”

Marriage can be one of the most blessed or most miserable relationships. Differing backgrounds, contrasting personalities, varying likes and dislikes, and irritating habits can quickly transform the fondest dreams into nightmares.

The unique intimacy of the husband/wife union is the very thing that makes it so susceptible to problems of incompatibility. Differences that are tolerable and even amusing in casual relationships can become seemingly impossible irritants in the bond of matrimony. And disagreements in spiritual matters can be the most difficult of all.

Are you contemplating marriage? I’m happy for you. But as you make your plans, do so thoughtfully and prayerfully. And before you tie the knot, make sure you are one in the Lord.