Is Marriage a Dying Institution? (Part 2)
Written by Brother Frank Natoli on Wednesday, April 22, 2015. Posted in Devotional
We're continuing this article from yesterday, so if you didn't read Part 1, do that real quick, and continue on to today's post for the second half.
Yesterday, we quoted the Quorum of Twelve Apostles citing some sad facts about marriage failure rates. In response, the Quorum encourages us with this advice: "God's standard for marriage calls for pure devotion by each partner. Note how scriptures compare the devotion between marriage partners to the devotion between Jesus Christ and His worshippers. The devotion, the patience, the sacrifice, the love that Christ has shown for each of us are examples that we should follow in our marriages.
The complete love that first brings a couple together is a key element in God's vision of marriage. Sustaining this love cannot be left to chance. It calls for diligent attention. According to God's Word, neither husband nor wife should allow anyone or anything to take any part of that special place in their heart that belongs to their spouse. There is no room for neglect or abuse."
So, to those pundits who claim that marriage is dead, who want the liberty to sleep around without any ties, or who aren't willing to put in the effort to make a marriage successful, I say this: I've heard countless testimonies of how the Lord brought two people together when they prayerfully sought a spouse, how He helped them through challenging seasons in their marriage, how He taught them to compromise, share, and love one another as Christ loved The Church (Ephesians 5:25).
In the end, despite the trends and new societal norms, when we uphold the standards of Christ and apply them to our lives, we're positioned to receive His blessings, mercy, and favor in marriage — and our whole lives.
Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD. - Proverbs 18:22
Now, it's your turn to tell us what you think. Take a moment and respond with a comment answering the question, "What would you say to someone who argues that marriage and monogamy are no longer necessary? Can you draw on your own life experiences for examples to support your reasons?"
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