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Summary: The Sanctity of marriage is determined by God and not by our opinion, and not by what society thinks about it.

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The Sanctity and honor of marriage

Ephesians 5:15-5:33

Introduction-

This morning I want to bring you the second part of Building Relationships. It is also a part of the series “Nuts and Bolts of life”.

If I can refresh your memory, I showed an image of a bridge and that bridge is our relationship with others and with God.

The problem with most is that there relationship with God is damaged and that reflects on how we treat others around us.

We looked at 4 areas of relationships

Casual-

That was the people we meet but remain at a distance.

You would not share personal things with them.

Active-

These are people that you share activities with (bowling, golf, maybe dinner as a group)

People you know at church, but do not do anything with outside of Sunday

This has not moved into a trusting relationship

Friends

You do personal things with them.

You call them if you have not seen them for awhile.

There is minor commitment

You choose to reach out to them.

Close Friends (last one we looked at last week)

You reach out to them and they respond back to you.

You know them and they know you.

They know your faults and they still choose to reach out to you.

This person is fun to be around.

They are supporter s of you and are there when you need them

You just enjoy being around them.

Now, here’s where we move on!

If you are at a close friend relationship with people of the same gender, nothing has to change- that friendship must be nurtured to stay at that level.

If this level is with a person of the opposite sex and you begin to have sexual desires and feelings that are deeper than friendship- you desire to move to intimacy. God has a word for us.

Text- Ephesians 5:15-5:33

Marriage is the most intimate relationship you can have with someone.

Friendships are built on mutual respect, trust, love, and common interest.

Marriage has its foundation built on all these qualities and our commitment to the Lord first and then to our spouse.

There must be someone in charge or there is kaios among the camp.

What if at work there was no boss?

What if you kids had no authority to look too?

What if there were no laws? People did what they wanted.

You get the point.

In marriage approved and anointed of God, there is an order of authority also. Now before you go and get all defensive, I want to clarify what God word declares for marriage.

Women before you get upset with the word submit.

Men, before you get on your pedestal and yell “I’m the boss.” Here is what God says about it.

It begins with Genesis 2:24

“For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and will be united to his wife and they will become one flesh.”

They will become united with each other.

King James version says cleave to each other- glued together! They leave their father and mother and are united to each other.

Two things have to happen here the day of the marriage

The parents have to let go! They don’t abandon their kids, they are there if they need them, but they must let go. The parents are in charge while under their roof, but they are no longer in charge.


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