Leave & Cleave

But ‘God made them male and female’ from the beginning of creation. ‘This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.’ Since they are no longer two but one, let no one split apart what God has joined together.” (Mark 10:6-9 NLT)

God’s plan of “joined together” (marriage) is far higher and not comparable to “living together”.

When God join two to gather, He meant no separation there after.

Marriage is the only relationship where commitment is learnt, appreciated and rewarded.

The commitment is mutual to stay true and be in peace before God and to each other, even if all other relationships may have a misunderstanding for a season. Only then, there is an expression of priority on the new family over the previous family – with parents & siblings.

Praying and thanking God everyday for the spouse He gave is the key for this commitment.

The purpose of the marriage is the commitment to be for each other no matter what happens in this life. God is pleased to show His favor when this commitment is established between the man and his wife.

The man who finds a wife finds a treasure, and he receives favor from the Lord. Proverbs 18:22

Exhibiting this committed relationship in our marriage is the true gift to our parents!

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Let Him Find!

The man who finds a wife finds a treasure, and he receives favor from the Lord. Proverb 18:22

This proverb doesn’t say the man who find a Christian woman or a God fearing woman or a virgin woman or a talented woman or perfect looking woman – but clearly mentions “his wife”!

God has a wonderful woman for each God-fearing man to bring in the wealth of blessing and tremendous favor of God.

Marriage may result either in love at first sight, months of dating or arranged by parents/family – no matter what way, when a man or woman love the Lord and humble enough to wait for God to bring that right person in whatever way He chose – both he and she are blessed and has found God’s favor!

God’s favor is released in marriage as they put God (His Word) first, stay faithful, honor each other and cherish this relationship over all other relationships – they will discover treasures God has kept, and realize how amazingly God has gifted what the other person lacks so they become whole only when they come together and shall become One.

He that hath found a good wife, hath found a good thing, and shall receive a pleasure from the Lord. He that driveth away a good wife, driveth away a good thing: but he that keepeth an adulteress, is foolish and wicked. (DRB Translation)

Pour out your best!

When the master of ceremonies tasted the water that was now wine… he called the bridegroom over. “A host always serves the best wine first,” he said. “Then, when everyone has had a lot to drink, he brings out the less expensive wine. But you have kept the best until now!” John 2:9-10

Jesus had just miraculously turned water into best wine!

Both the master of ceremonies and the bridegroom had no clue where and how this best came from. But the bridegroom got a great applause from this guy and from all the guests.

The bridegroom was worried until few minutes ago that he ran out of ‘his best wine’, but now has a great big grin.

The bridegroom wanted to treat well his guests that he never planned to offer them a cheap wine after they got drunk, like most did. Rather, he gave the best he had until it all ran out.

Lord’s miraculous provision is on those who offer their best to all around them until they have no more to offer; and the very moment they emptied themselves God’s supernatural provisions shows up –

Jesus told the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” When the jars had been filled, he said, “Now dip some out, and take it to the master of ceremonies.” So the servants followed his instructions. John 2:7-8

Give your very best to those around you (family, work place, leaders, Church, Cell) all the time, don’t worry about saving your best – the real best will flow anyway from God thru’ you when you know you’re completely drained out.

Serve the Lord with all your heart even when you have only little strength. People around you may consider you weak and tired (because you either ran out or getting close to it), but God will work with greater enthusiasm thru’ you if you strive to give your best in all you do!

So, don’t save but pour out your best – you will never run out, your best will only get better! But – make sure you invite Jesus as this bridegroom did.