some insightful and helpful content on the Hallmarks of a Godly Marriage
written by Dr. Keith Sherlin of Essential Christianity Ministries. (www.essentialchristianity.com)
What is the Purpose of a Marriage?
In our culture it may seem strange to ask this question. Marriages happen every day all across the world.
To many people, marriage is simply a natural progression in the process of life.
But when we have people advocating to alter the very definitions of marriage, from one man
and one woman in a monogamous relationship to same sex relationships;
a high divorce rate that plagues the country even within Christendom;
and mass confusion on the functional roles within a marriage, it makes sense to begin
with asking such a basic question. The answer can be summarized in three parts:
1. To Reflect the Glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31; Colossians 3:17)
Marriages are ultimately a God-ordained institution and union for the purpose of bringing glory to God.
Each person who marries enters into a divine institution that God created. Thus, two people must enter into the
relationship with an understanding that in eternity they will be judged according
to how they lived and related to one another in love.
2. To Administer God’s Grace and Love to One Another (Genesis 2:18; Ephesians 5:22-33; Philippians 2:3-4)
When two people marry they become key partners in the work of God’s grace to sanctify one another.
In essence, two people who marry form the smallest unit of God’s church. The two people have divine roles
in leading each other towards holiness. The man is to lead and guide his wife in
the Spirit and Word whereas the woman is to work at completing her husband
spiritually through respecting and assisting the man in his walk, sanctification, and mission with the Lord.
Both have a responsibility to aid one another in sanctification.
3. To Accomplish God’s Rule Over the Earth (Genesis 1:27-28; 2:15-24)
One of the biggest problems today when couples marry is they have no divine mission in life.
They marry for sensual pleasures, for financial motives, for familial goals, or for other carnal
reasons without ever sensing and knowing a divine mission and purpose.
God ordained the marriage unit as a team of two that will work to implement God’s plan and rule over some area of life.
A godly marriage will have a divine mission if it is rightly focused.
The two will have a sense of destiny to accomplish God’s plan in their respective areas of life, and set out on a divine
journey to fulfill God’s perfect will for their lives.