The Lord God banished him (man) from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. -Genesis 3:22.
I am moved in my spirit when I sense the pain that God must have felt as he drove Adam and Eve from out of the beautiful garden. The Garden of Eden had everything man and woman could ask for. Beauty, adventure, spiritual fellowship, rest and peace. Man and woman were sent out from the garden to live out the consequences of disobedience. I challenge you to wonder about the love of God; how He longs to bless us and give to us such good gifts yet, we go our own way and do what we feel is right in our own minds. Ponder on how your decisions and actions are keeping your marriage garden from growing stronger and beautiful.
Do you feel as if you have been banished from the Garden of Marriage to the desert of worry and conflict? Do you feel the pangs of defeat, worry and fear. Will he provide for me, will she cheat on me, will I ever feel close and intimate again with my spouse? --These questions may run rampart through our minds when we are not living within the godly principles of marriage.
Here are 10 Biblical Principles of Marriage. These principles will be the seeds for growing a Beautiful Marriage Garden.
Principles-seeds for your Marriage Garden
1. Man needs a wife.
2. Marriage is a covenant between a man and a woman, initiated by exchange of vows.
3. Husband is the head of, and responsible for the marriage.
4. Husband is commanded by God to love his wife.
5. Wife is commanded by God to respect her husband.
6. The husband & wife become joint heirs in life.
Genesis 2:22, Psalm 128:3
7. A wife is God's Grace to the husband.
Proverbs 18:22, Proverbs 19:14
8. Wife is the most powerful influence over her husband.
Genesis 2:25, Proverbs 12:4
9. Marriage is a sexually, intimate & passionate relationship.
Genesis 2:25, Proverbs 5:18-19
10. Marriage is the mystery of Christ's relationship to us.
After reading each verse, ask God to show you areas that he would like you to work on. Even if you are not sure if these principles are in your marriage, trust God to help you implement as many as possible.
Recognizing the principles that are presently in your marriage will give you a sense of peace because you are doing marriage God's way. Try adding those principles that are missing. Take note in the weeks to come how your marriage garden grows more beautifully.
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Debbie Kessler loves her husband, Wally Kessler. She is a southern girl who loves Jesus and loves building up people to do Good Works of Love.