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Marriage: Cradle of stability.

Text: Luke 1:1-18.
"Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us, Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word; It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus, That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed. There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years. And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest's office before God in the order of his course, According to the custom of the priest's office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord. And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense. And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth. For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb. And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God. And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord. And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years". a line wedding dresses with sleeves

Memory verse:
"Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain" - Psalms 127:1 KJV.

Marriage was designed by God to make man fulfilled as they live in love and unity.

Love:
Love in marriage speaks of the couple's appreciation of one another, absolute and unconditional commitment, faithfulness, willingness to sacrifice for one another when ocassion demands etc. It is the power that brings about forgiveness (1 Peter 4:8), devotion to a spouse etc. And most importantly, God is love (1 John 4:7-8).

God's love for mankind is borne out of compassion (Psalms 145:8-9; 103:8: 2 Corinthians 1:3), hence it is advisable for couples to primarily build their love on same premise, before consideration for other factors like looks, chemistry, background, education, career, sense of fashion, exposure etc.

Unity:
Marriage is the only institution where two people are regarded as one (Genesis 2:24, Matthew 19:5). And of course, two cannot walk except they agree (Amos 3:3).

With unity, a people can achieve whatever they set their mind on (Genesis 11:6). Consequently, in marriage unity is key because with it a couple can achieve whatever they set their mind on as well.

There is a popular phrase that goes thus "united we stand, divided we fall". Invariably, a united couple cannot be separated by any situation (Romans 8:35). With good understanding of God's expectation for the marriage institution and of one another, the marital vow, that is, the agreement to live as man and woman between a couple, will remain intact and with resultant unity.

Marriage where love and unity subsists is heaven on earth: cradle of stability. Therefore, make all your walks of life easy by making the right choice of partner and continuing with God in your marriage.

Home is marriage product and a good home brings about stability in man.

To achieve a godly home, which guarantees happiness, you need God to be and remain the head of your home.

Take note that God is not a gate-crasher so He will never be at a place He is not invited to. Therefore, to have Him at the centre of affairs in your home, you have to invite and hand over your home to Him. This you can not do except you and your spouse know Him. To know God goes beyond having knowledge of who He is, to having good relationship with Him, which is characterized with living in obedience to His words. In summary, it will be an almost impossible task to have a happy home, consequently a stable life, where God is not present.

Zachariah and Elizabeth had a godly home because they knew God. Both of them were from priest lineage thus they walked "in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless". However, they had a marital challenge as experienced by some as there is hardly any marriage without one: they were childless. Notwithstanding, they remained devoted to God. Zachariah remained a serving priest in God's santuary and there was no record of him being overwhelmed by his marital challenge. Definitely, the relationship of the couple with God gave them peace of mind despite their old age. Eventually, God visited them.

The benefits of allowing God to lead in a home cannot be overemphasized. It brings about contentment, spiritual direction and guidance, calmness in the midst of storm, peace of mind, etc. Certainly, you need all these to be stable.

Dear child of God, allow God to lead and guide you and your spouse. Do not try to do it on your own as it can be a cumbersome burden, tiring, consuming or suicidal.

May your marriage be blissful and successful in Jesus mighty name.

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VASA.
01/12/17.