A Wholesome Marriage
Marriage, like the church, an institution of God, is under attack and in many places; these two institutions are rapidly declining. Many people now live together unmarried and in the process raise children and these children grow up and propagate the sin of fornication.
Marriage is the union of a man and woman in the presence of God. When a wedding is being performed in the house of God, it is referred to as the solemnization of Holy Matrimony. By implication, marriage is both a solemn and a holy occasion. The context of solemn here is as in sober and thoughtful, not sorrowful. For marriage to be wholesome, it has to be a God-centered union.
The enemies of the institution of marriage unfortunately, are not external but rather internal –the husband and the wife. Some might argue that outsiders are the enemies of marriage, as in the admonition at weddings – “Those whom God hath put together let no man put asunder”. Think about it for a minute. A walled city cannot be easily penetrated. A wholesome marriage is walled-guarded by the Holy Spirit.
Malachi, VBD Contributor