What Is Marriage?

For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.

Ephesians 5: 31

Married life is a merger of two minds into a single mind and into one flesh. It is our Father God who founded the Institution of marriage!

And He proclaimed:-

It is not good that a man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him

Genesis 2: 18

Thus God created Eve, the first woman, as a companion, helper and wife, to the first man, Adam.

The wife to the husband, or the husband to the wife, is a gift of God!

That is why, when the two partners in a marriage invited the Lord willingly, He also joins in and the marriage becomes a ‘three fold cord’ uniting into one body, which is not easily broken’ (Ecclesiastes 4:12)

Holy matrimony is not the transient experience of a short period of time. It is a glorious experience of a whole lifetime. It is a joy of the union of two minds and bodies.

When you become married you need to surrender yourselves completely into the hands of our Living God. You must rest the burden of your marriage on Him as the Bible guides you (Psalm 55: 22).

Yet, sadly, although the UK is supposedly a ‘Christian Country’ (according to David Cameron, anyway) marriage is often treated as ‘valueless’ when either the husband or wife is born in a country outwith Europe.

In July 2012 changes to the immigration laws  were made which precluded a large number of British Citizens from obtaining spousal visas for their non-European partners because they did not have a minimum income of £18,600 per year!

True love should never be about money. Yet the UK Government are trying to make us believe that true love IS about money, money and nothing but money.

The impression given – rightly or wrongly – is that the new immigration legislation rates the marriages of wealthier people higher than those of the less well-off, thus creating a two-tier system in which one must be rich enough to live with whom they choose in their country.

Although I have written about this issue– on more than one occasion – to David Cameron he has not yet had the courage to reply to me personally!

Yet in March 2014 David Cameron was writing in the Pink News:-

‘We are a nation that is growing stronger economically because of our long term economic plan. But I hope we can also be a country that is growing stronger socially because we value love and commitment equally.’

David Cameron also wrote in the same article:-

‘When people’s love is divided by law, it is the law that needs to change.’

Taking these two comments at face value, we may, perhaps, be forgiven, for finding them somewhat contradictory to his seemingly implacable position of trying to keep as many married couples as possible from obtaining spousal visas.

And, of course, we all will be interested to discover how Mr Cameron equates his draconian immigration policy with that of his statement that we live in a Christian country.

So, as a Christian country, perhaps we need to remind ourselves what Jesus said on the Cross:-

‘Father, forgive them for they know not what they are doing’.

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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

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