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Opening THE Book with Rev John K-S September 2022

REV JOHN K-S 05-2021Rev John Kinchin-Smith
Assistant Minister, St Andrew’s Church, Gorleston


During the summer months I guess that many of us will have attended a wedding. But marriage and family life are under so much threat today. The statistics are frightening for the future health and stability of our society. Half of marriages now end in divorce (the highest percentage in Europe), and more than fifteen percent of children live in homes with a single parent. What does the Bible teach about marriage?
The Bible teaches that marriage is not defined or ordained by mankind (Matthew 19:5-6). The government does not define marriage, although its validation of the marriage may be necessary for civil purposes. Culture does not define marriage. Neither does sentiment. By the same token, mankind does not define the dissolution of marriage and the Bible teaches that it is the rejection of God's standards that creates divorce
The Bible teaches that God instituted marriage when He created Eve for Adam, determining in the Garden of Eden that it was not good that “man should be alone” and that God would “make a helper comparable to him” (Genesis 2:18). God even went further to say that in marriage, the man and woman should leave their fathers and mothers and join together as one flesh (Genesis 2:24)
The Book of Ephesians also gives special instructions for husbands and wives to follow in relation to love and respect for one another, for example: "Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her”. (Ephesians 5:25) The Book of Proverbs celebrates the treasures of a “virtuous wife”: "An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels" (Proverbs 31:10), while 1 Corinthians 13 focuses on what love should resemble, not only between a husband and wife but also between all of us
Marriage, in God’s eyes, is something sacred and appointed by Him. It is not something to be thrown away when the “feelings” have subsided, but to be fought for daily and to mature one another as both grow in love. Marriage is not just for needs being met, but is to show God’s love to others through the couple’s mutual love to each other and to God
Marriage takes real work, love, and patience to establish lasting love, but it is also worth pursuing and knowing that God brought them together for a purpose that is greater than they’ll ever know


courtesy of St Andrew's Church in the Gorleston Community Magazine


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