You may have heard the question before:
Did God design marriage to make us happy or to make us holy?
My answer would be, “Yes, He did!”
Let me explain.
We tend to think of holiness as something that has to do with being good, staying in line, and doing the right things. But when we understand principles of covenant, we realize that “keeping all the rules” is an inadequate description of holiness.
Holiness is the essence of a fully honored relationship. Holiness is a covenant term which describes both the complete, undefiled union of marriage, as well as the complete, undefiled union of the Godhead.
AS GOD DESIGNED IT, MARRIAGE IS HOLINESS.
In Hebrew, the word traditionally used for marriage derives from the word for holiness.
Many Christians understand that holiness means being “set apart,” and they think about being set apart from sinful behaviors. But that is like saying that marriage is about giving up old romantic friendships. “No more girlfriends or boyfriends” is a starting point, but it is not the main point.
Holiness is being “set apart from” in order to be “set apart FOR.”
God took the Hebrew slaves out of Egypt, yes; but the goal was to get them into the Promised Land. Holiness is about far more than what we don’t have in our lives; it is also about what we do have in our lives. In marriage, we set ourselves apart from old boyfriends or girlfriends so that we can be set apart for our spouses.
Holiness means cutting out what does not belong in a relationship so that we can be devoted to what does belong.
Holiness is the “belonging” that is created within a covenant relationship. In the covenant of marriage, holiness is a man committing himself to belong to a woman as her husband, and it is a woman committing herself to belong to a man as his wife. The marital relationship belongs to them.
When everything that belongs within the marriage is present in the marriage, and when nothing that does not belong is not present, then there is holiness in that marriage. And sheltered within that holiness is a core of pleasure, as covenant partners delight in one another.
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Join the prayer call today!
Be sure to join us TODAY (Thursday, August 25) as I will be interviewing Jennifer Strickland on our weekly prayer call. Jennifer is the author of several books, including More Beautiful Than You Know, Beautiful Lies, Girl Perfect, and most recently, 21 Myths …. About Sex. (You can read more about that book HERE.)
During the 15-minute call, I will be asking Jennifer these questions:
- How does body image affect marriage? What are the truths that we need in order to shape our thoughts in this area correctly?
- What suggestions do you have for someone dealing with a spouse’s porn addiction?
Then Jennifer will lead us in praying for our marriages. Join us! We “fight on our knees” for marriages and families every Thursday at 12:30 (Eastern time). You can join by phone or online. Here’s how:
Callers are in “listen-only” mode, so don’t worry about the background noise around you. All the information can also be found HERE.
If you aren’t able to join the call live, you can always view any of the recordings HERE.
Praying with you and for you,