Ingredient #6 – Christ
So far, we have briefly touched on Communication, Cooperation, Compromise, Courtship and Commitment as ingredients of a sound marriage. There is so much more, but these are good places to start.
The most important ingredient of all is having Jesus Christ at the very center of our marriages. According to God’s plan, there are two covenantal relationships that we can enter into during our lifetime.
The first and most important is a relationship with Jesus based on His promise to us. When instituting communion, Jesus said, “…for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins.” Matthew 26:28
Our relationship with Christ is based on a covenant written with His blood when He died on a cross for the forgiveness of our sins. When we confess our faith in Jesus, we become a part of a covenant relationship with Him never to be broken by Him.
When we say our wedding vows, we are entering into a covenant of marriage never to be broken by us. Jesus emphasized this when He said, “…‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh?’ 6 So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.” Matthew 19:5-6
With both covenantal relationships, it begins and ends with Jesus. He is the alpha and omega of marriage. As a result, having a Christ centered marriage is imperative if we are to have the kind of marriage that is blessed by God and beneficial to everyone.
For example, if Jesus is the Lord of a couple’s finances, then the potential for financial disagreements diminishes greatly. Both husband and wife will have the same general premise and vision for their God-given resources.
So in our marriages, let’s communicate, cooperate, court, compromise, commit and center on Christ. Does this sound like a plan?
It’s at least, something to think about…