God’s Design for the Family | Genesis 2:24
Genesis 2:24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.
Marriage has always been God’s idea. He created man and woman and placed them together in a garden. From their personalities to their body parts, he made them to complement each other. God gave instructions for the relationship to work. Over the next few days let’s consider God’s framework for marriage.
LEAVE PAST RELATIONSHIPS
The emotional connection between a husband and wife is primary. It takes priority over all relationships, whether family or friends. This does not mean that parents, extended family and friends are dismissed and ignored. It does mean that these relationships take a backseat to the union of a husband and wife. Many marriages are in trouble today because a spouse has never truly left their mommy and daddy. Others have allowed for close friendships to undermine the bond with their spouse.
Some questions to consider:
1. Whose words carry more weight, your spouse’s or your parents’? 2. Do you spend more time dealing with extended family issues than nurturing your marriage? 3. Would you rather be out with your friends or out with your spouse? 4. Are you enjoying a little too much Facebook time with old friends?
Questions for young adults:
1. Could you leave family and friends for this person? 2. Do you think he/she would leave family and friends for you? 3. Does he/she like hanging out with their friends more than you? 4. Would he/she be willing to let you see all his/her Facebook interaction?
Father, help us be honest in our answers and wise in our steps to keep the relationships with our spouse (or future spouse) second only to our relationship with you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.