Practical Christianity - Relationships & Marriage

posted 29 May 2012, 05:57 by Peter Booth
We looked at a number of passages briefly to see what the Bible says about relationships and marriage. Here is a brief outline of what we looked at:

The concept of marriage is evident at the very beginning of the Bible: Genesis 2: 18-24

        God shows concern for Adam – the first human

        God created men and women to be together


Jesus also talked about marriage. Let’s see what he said: Matthew 5: 27-32

        God takes marriage very seriously!!

        Note the problem is that sin is from our heart – not our eyes or hands.


The Bible also talks about being single: 1 Corinthians 7: 32-35

        There are advantages to being single!

        We read elsewhere in the Bible that God promises a full life to all who follow him, either married or single! Both marriage and singleness are gifts.


The Bible gives guidance on good relationships: Colossians 3: 12-15

        Lots in this passage, but note: forgiveness, love and gratefulness

        Applies to all our relationships, and useful for marriage!


We see here that God takes marriage very seriously, it is something that he created in the beginning, and something that God expects to last. The passage in Matthew really shows the full extent of the problem though - even if we look lustfully at someone who is not our husband/wife we have committed adultery. With such a high standard set by God in this and other matters we all end up falling short of His standards. This is why God sent Jesus to save us, by dying to take the punishment for our sin, so that we can be offered forgiveness. In accepting this offer, we can have a relationship with God, and we find we can be changed through Jesus to live as God intends. In other words, having a right relationship with God is key if we are to have a truly right relationship with other people. 

by Andy Gray