John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him."
The decision of whom to marry is one of the toughest ones a Christian will ever make in his or her life. A lifetime commitment to one person is not something to be undertaken lightly.
As with all our hard decisions, the Bible gives us much guidance on how to choose a spouse. In Genesis 24, Abraham sends his servant to find a wife for his son Isaac. Abraham’s rocky road of faith makes him a good example for us.
In this letter, I would like to do two things: first, to remind you of the three core ingredients of a healthy marriage; and secondly, I would like to give you ten points to help choose a spouse. While you may have already walked through this part of your life’s journey, you may want to use these points to share with your family and friends.
The three fundamental ingredients to a healthy marriage are these: a mutual respect for each other, a mutual trust in one another, and mutual love towards one another.
Respect, trust and love one another as whole, individual people. Finding and marrying the right person is important, of course, but it does not guarantee that everything will follow easily and smoothly. God doesn’t promise an easy road.
Remember: anything to which God calls you, God Himself is committed to. He instituted marriage and he is committed to marriage. Bring Him in as the architect of your marriage, and He will see it through.
As you seek God in choosing a spouse, here are some helpful insights from Abraham’s courtship:
Remember, there is a right time and place that God has appointed.
When you look, look amongst believers.
Trust God to guide you.
Actively seek and look for your spouse – but don’t jump in too early.
Pray for guidance and wisdom.
Look and test for character.
Take time to get to know your future spouse.
Learn about your future spouse’s family and traditions.
While the decision to marry is between you and your spouse, include your families on the journey and share how God has led you together.
When you say ‘Yes,’ understand that at that moment you have committed to begin a new journey, one that is no longer yours, but ‘ours.’
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