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Have a great marriage

“I had a great marriage, and I could have another one.”

A national publication reported these words of a top Hollywood celebrity a few years ago in an interview about his then-recent divorce. A “great marriage” to this man was apparently one in which you have some good years together, then go your separate ways. Then on to another relationship which may end in another “great marriage” of a few years.

Too often celebrities have influenced society’s standards. There are lower expectations of marriage today in society as a whole. The expectation or goal of permanency does not seem as important as it once was.

But it’s still important to God.

And there are ways to make a marriage more likely to survive before the wedding ever takes place. Commitment and preparation are two of the most important ingredients for permanence.

Commitment enhances a marriage by removing escape from the equation. When flight is not an option, spouses must work at getting through the difficult times.

Reformer Martin Luther and his wife, Katie, disavowed their vows of chastity when they left the Catholic Church. After marrying, the former monk said, “Marriage is a far better school for character than any monastery.” That is, if you’re committed to making it work.

Important too is preparation, an element often weighted too heavily with temporary or unimportant considerations. The time preparatory to marriage is among the most significant periods in life. It deserves serious consideration and attention to critical matters.

This issue of the Evangel addresses this important time period. It discusses how to know when to marry and what to do prior to a wedding from a biblical perspective. It also addresses the increasing problem of cohabitation.

If this issue does not apply to you, it likely applies to someone in your family, or someone you count a friend. If that’s the case, read the issue for your own awareness and then pass it along to someone who might profit from it.

Ken Horn

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