Marriage Equation: 1+1=1, Pt 2
New King James Version (NKJV)
23 And Adam said:
“This is now bone of my bones
And flesh of my flesh;
She shall be called Woman,
Because she was taken out of Man.”
24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
4 And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made[a] them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’[b] 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’?[c] 6 So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.”
22 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. 24 Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, 27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. 28 So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. 30 For we are members of His body,[d] of His flesh and of His bones. 31 “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.”[e] 32 This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. 33 Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.
This message is for all couples, regardless of age. It has meaning and value for singles, seniors, and widows and widowers.
Story of Tennis Shoes:
Story of Tennis Shoes
- God Has Called for Oneness in Marriage
Trouble is inevitable but misery is optional. We can work for the better good in marriage and enjoy oneness as God has planned for us.
We are being made into one.
Husbands love your wife
Wives Respect your husbands
Story of Tony Dungy’s Son with illness where he feels no pain in his body. He has hurt himself over and over not even realizing it.
So have many in marriage. They hurt their mates not realizing that they are hurting their own bodies for we are one.
II. Oneness Outside of Marriage Is Sinful
Why Not to Be One before Marriage
- It violates God’s Laws
- It violates one’s health
- It violates the imprint of your heart
- It violates the trust factor
- It violates the oneness God has intended for marriage
- It violates the plan God has for children
- It violates one’s soul
- Point 3: Oneness In Marriage Is Required
Why We Are to Be One in Marriage Physically
- God Has Ordained It
- It is the union that consummates
- Our bodies are no longer our own
- It is the window of transparency and intimacy
- It is a protector of our lives.
- It is the means of procreation
- It is the avenue of ultimate connection
- Point 4: Christ Makes the Difference
We are to love and respect as Christ Did. His love makes the difference.
- The five languages of love.
1. Words of affirmation: Compliments or verbal expressions of your
feelings that make your mate feel special.
a. Supper was great.
- You look wonderful.
c. Thank you.
d. I’m proud of you.
e. I LOVE YOU.
2. Quality time: spending time with each other talking.
a. Take a walk.
b. Sit on the porch after the kids go to bed.
c. Watch your mate’s favorite movie together.
d. Go to dinner with each other only.
3. Receiving gifts: giving each other special momentos.
a. Flowers are Cathe’s hobby. I give her some from time to time.
b. Give your mate something they are interested in. This shows
them you know their likes and interests and it shows them
you understand their personality.
4. Acts of service: doing something nice for your mate which isn’t
necessarily your responsibility.
a. Cooking a special dinner even though it’s not a special occasion.
b. Doing the dishes without being asked.
c. Taking care of the kids so your mate can have some time alone.
5. Physical touch: non-sexual touches that express your love for your
c. A brush on the cheek or touch of the hand.
C. If we want to make our marriages all that God intended then we must
learn to express our love for our mates in the way they appreciate
One Sunday a minister was finishing up a series on marriage. At the end of the service he was giving out small wooden crosses to each married couple. He said, "Place this cross in the room in which you fight the most and you will be reminded of God’s commands and you won’t argue as much." One woman came up after the service and said, "You’d better give me five."
God has some specific commands regarding marriage. He doesn’t promise that things will be rosy all the time. He does promise, however, that if we follow the original design he has for marriage that it will be the most rewarding relationship we have in this life.
God tells us that we are to be one flesh; that we are to consider our mate as part of ourselves. He tells us that our concern for and desire to please our mate should be as strong as our concern for and desire for ourselves. We are to consider them as part of ourselves and we are to treat them as we would treat ourselves. That is what God meant by one flesh, that is the type of relationship that enabled Adam and Eve to be completely open in their relationship, exposed and unafraid.
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