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LET’S SEE A MARRIAGE CANCELLER

It's no secret that many couples find the wedding knot to be a slip knot. It's no secret that nearly half of couples launching onto the sea of matrimony end up sailing into a storm. It's no secret that many who once perceived their spouse as "Mr. Right" or "Miss Right" now see him/her only as "Mr/Miss Right Now." In many marriages, the difference in courtship and marriage is like the difference between the pictures in a seed catalog and what eventually comes up.

Many couples who could salvage their relationship with a little work, just throw it away. Instead of seeing a marriage counselor, they go to a marriage "canceler." God intends a marriage to be something better than what it has become for many. In the words of Genesis and Jesus, husband and wife are to become "one flesh" (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:5). What God has joined with a yoke, man must not divide with a chasm (19:6). He wants it to last (Malachi 2:14; Romans 7:2).

God has not left us without insight about marriage maintenance. It requires a mutual submission of self to the interests of the other (Ephesians 5:21)—the wife to her husband in her God-appointed way (5:22-24) and the husband to his wife in his God-directed manner (5:25-29). The motivation for this maintenance must come ultimately from sacred vows, not from subjective viewpoints. Jesus links His teaching on marriage and divorce (Matthew 5:31-32) to His teaching on the necessity of carrying out sacred oaths made to and before God (5:33-37).

We have often heard, "Put your money where your mouth is." We would do well to "put our marriages where our mouths were" on the day we made our vows before God and let our "yes" be "yes" (Matthew 5:37).