We began this series by discussing the importance of marriage to God, both in our lives and in
our society. We covered that marriages are contracts with God first and then with our spouse.
Further, we discussed the importance of honoring your contract and that it would take certain convictions to be successful. To that end, there are four biblically-rooted convictions that are necessary for successful marriages:
1. Love is the greatest of all, and without it nothing is
2. Jesus is Lord and His wisdom, example, and teaching must
3. A servant’s heart must be cultivated within our
4. Consistency is essential to being fruitful for God.
So, first things first, LOVE is the greatest of all. We see this in the
greatest example of love ever given, which was the death of Jesus Christ because
"God so loved the world, he gave his only begotten son." We are reminded of this
fact in John 15:13, "Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his
life for his friends." And we read it in the greatest description of love ever
written, which appears in 1 Corinthians 13. Love is, without question,
considered by God to be the most important quality in the character of a
Christian. Remember, the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, but
knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. As we grow in Christ we
understand that it is love that motivates us to serve God. And so it is that it
will be love that motivates us to build and maintain God-pleasing, enduring
Next month, we’ll explore the employment of the 1 Corinthians 13 example in the marital relationship.