Is There Purity in Your Marriage?

“…and they shall become one flesh. And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.” – Genesis 2:24b-25

We’ve looked at the Laws of Priority and Pursuit. And, today, we will discuss the Laws of Partnership and Purity. The second half of Genesis 2:24 says, “they shall become one flesh.” What’s interesting is that the word “one” here is the same word that is used of God in Deuteronomy 6:4, “Hear us O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.” Knowing this, we can see that the goal is to be connected to your family until you get married, then you leave your mother and father, and your parents go into the position of coach. Now, you take the field of your own life. You figure out what position God has for you to play and what you’re supposed to do. You use your time and energy to focus on being a good Christian so you can become a good spouse and so you can become a good parent. The Law of Partnership means to be one with your spouse. That means your priority can’t be your extended family, your hobby, or your friends. It needs to be your God then your spouse. 

The process of the two of you becoming one is emotional connection, physical connection, and financial connection. It’s doing life together. If you don’t pursue oneness, you will end up with a marriage with literally two people living independent lives. Eventually you will drift toward division and separation. Do you know what Jesus said about division? “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand.” (Matthew 12:15) 

The fourth and final law of marriage is the Law of Purity, which involves physical purity. It involves fighting against the temptation to find sexual satisfaction outside of your marriage relationship. Sexual temptation is a real obstacle, especially for the men. You must remember that sex is a blessing and a gift, but outside of marriage, it is a dangerous and devastating opportunity to unleash the flames of Hell all over your family. 

It’s not just about physical purity; it involves emotional and spiritual purity as well. Are you being honest and real with your spouse? Is there a sin you haven’t confessed yet that you need to? Do you apologize to and forgive your spouse? You can’t have purity in your marriage without adhering to the other three laws of marriage. In order to be “naked and unashamed,” there must be purity in all areas of your marriage relationship. Your spouse is a blessing from God and these four laws of marriage are essential for any marriage relationship to flourish as God intended. 

We will end this devotional series tomorrow looking at honor in a real marriage. 

How are you doing with the Laws of Partnership and Purity in your marriage? Is there anything you need to adjust so you can better adhere to these laws?

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