There are so many today who claim to follow Christ, yet they do not respect His plans for one of life’s most precious relationships. Marriage is an institution that was designed by God. If God’s design is not followed, the results are disastrous. Here are a few elements of God’s plan for marriage, which we must honor and respect:
1. God’s plan for marriage is for it to be between a man and a woman! Sex was designed for marriage and marriage was designed for people of opposite genders. God’s design has always been for one man and woman to share the marriage bed. The world may accept homosexual relationships as being legitimate, God just calls it sin!
For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error (Romans 1:26-27).
And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, ‘Is it lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause?’ He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate” (Matthew 19:3-6).
They said to him, “Why then did Moses command one to give a certificate of divorce and to send her away?” He said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery” (Matthew 19:7-9).
For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior (Ephesians 5:23).
Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her (Ephesians 5:25).
Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord (Ephesians 5:22).
Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands (Ephesians 5:24).
Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous (Hebrews 13:4).