Marriage from God #290

4  And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ 5  and said, ‘for this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? 6  So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.” (Matthew 19:4-6)

Marriage was instituted by God, not people. Divine sovereignty, not human society, determines its moral rights, responsibilities and restrictions. Jesus defines marriage the same way God did when He created it; between “male and female” (verse 4). Furthermore, God ordained marriage to be for life, joining together the “male and female”. God hates divorce because it tears apart what He has joined together (Malachi 2:16). So, Jesus commands against separating “what God has joined together” (verse 6). Commit yourself completely and permanently to the person to whom God joined you. Let us return to honoring marriage the way God arranged it. God-approved marriage is between a man and a woman for a lifetime. Be sure your attitudes and actions honor the permanency of marriage.