It is one of the great blessings one can enjoy: marriage. Yes, marriage is a good thing. Marriage is from God, Genesis 2:23-24. Marriage is a great blessing, Proverbs 5:15-19; Ecclesiastes 9:9. Marriage is to be a life long commitment, Matthew 19:4-6.
Sadly, there are those who are married who would not describe their marriage as a blessing, but instead as a curse. Unfortunately, many marriages (even in the church) will end up in divorce. That shouldn’t be. How can our marriages be the way God wants them to be? If you had one word to tell a new couple to remember as they begin their marriage, what word would you want them to remember? Maybe words like “love” or “selfless” or even “forgiveness” come to mind. Those are all great words and should be a part of every marriage. But there’s another one I want us to consider: ETERNITY. Have you thought about how thinking more about eternity will have an impact on our marriages? As we think about our marriages, we need to be thinking about eternity. Specifically, we need to remember the following:
Your spouse is made in the image of God. They too were made in the image of God, Genesis 1:26. Therefore, they are unique and important in the eyes of God. This may feel like a “Duh” kind of point, but I think in the process of time we can fail to view our spouses correctly. We can begin to see our spouses more superficially and fail to focus on the fact that they have a soul. Remember they are made in God’s image. Treat them right, Matthew 7:12.
God wants us to help our spouse go to heaven. A husband and wife should be so concerned about the other because they are made in the image of God, that they will do hard things because they want their spouse to go to heaven, 1 Peter 3:1-7. The sad reality, however, is that I’ve seen couples not help but rather hinder each other. How often do you think a husband or wife is thinking about eternity as they contemplate committing adultery, forsaking the assembly, or are filled with bitterness? Let’s do all we can to help our spouse to go to heaven.
God wants us to be in heaven too. How we treat our spouses will have spiritual consequences for us, 1 Peter 3:7. Let’s be wise and remember what’s at stake. I realize we can’t control our spouses. We can’t force them to do anything. A person’s spouse may not do right. But we can control ourselves. Even if they aren’t thinking about eternity, we can! What does God see when He looks at our marriages? Let’s be sure He sees love, mercy, forgiveness, and us thinking about eternity.