Marriage is not simply a commitment. You can make a commitment to each other and just date. Marriage is a COVENANT, a binding agreement or contract like that which God made to His people.
Now, to the subject and I'm sure this is not the 'subject' here, but I've got to say it...
55 years ago last month, my husband MARRIED me. He loved me enough that he did not choose to simply move in with me and use me as a harlot, a bed partner. He loved me enough that he gave me his name to wear for the rest of my life. I bore him 4 children, and they too wear his name! Thank God for a man that cares enough to give his woman his name for the rest of her life, and also that his children can also wear that name!
I am honored and proud that he did that for us.
We never had to be ashamed to take people into our home when they had no home to go to, or to care for them and feed them when they needed a bed to sleep in or food to eat for a time.
My husband took his last breath Sunday, with me by his side, holding his hand after a battle with cancer... Even now, I will receive Social Security benefits from him because he cared enough for me to give me his name legally.
He was a good man, a God fearing man. He chose to honor me by asking me to become his wife. Legally! By doing that, he kept my name honorable all these years, because I wear HIS name. No one ever had to look at me as a harlot. No, I was his WIFE. And our children can never be called bastards, because they have his name also!
If a man REALLY loves a woman, why cause her to be the object of demeaning remarks or thought? Is it that they can't afford the small cost of a legal LICENSE? I'm just sincerely wondering. Friends, a PRETEND marriage can never be a real marriage. The Bible says,
Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.
Thank God for Godly men, who expect to give respect to the woman they choose to bed down with for the rest of their life! Thank you Lord for the good man you gave me.
Just help me to stop hurting so bad since he's gone, Lord. Thank you, that he honored me enough to legally marry me those many years ago. Now all I ask is to show me, Lord, how to go on living without him in my life. Without his voice, his touch, his caring for me and protecting me. How do I do that, Lord?
My favorite scripture: Malachi 3:16
"Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name!" (Every time we speak of the Lord, or even THINK of him--its written down in a book of remembrance!)
I feel for you, my sister. And I look forward to the time when you can introduce me to the fine man God gave you for so short a period of "time". And I will continue to pray for you and your family.
Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.C.S. Lewis
You're gonna make a difference when you lay down your life, and in complete submission to God, choose to die with Him in service to other people.
First question: Is your daughter a Christian?
Second question: Is her partner a Christian?
If so...Is there any evidence that one or both want to do God's will? (e.g. Is she or he going to church?)
What an amazing testimony to others. I am a single woman seeking God and waiting for a man of God like your late husband. I am encouraged by you and others that have posted...that there are others seeking God first and honoring their wives. I know how hard marriage can be by the many that I have seen lived right in front of me, and I pray that God will give me the grace, understanding and UNCONDITIONAL love of Christ to be a Godly and honoring wife to my future husband and that he will be the same to me.
Praying for you sister. May the angels surround you and minister to your daily, hourly, minutely needs...much love.
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