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Summary: Marriage is two becoming one. That in itself is the problem! Four out of every ten marriages are said to end up in divorce. When river Niger and river Benue joined, they became one; one loosing its name and the two going on with the name of one

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SERMON ON MARRIAGE DELIVERED AT

FOURSQUARE GOSPEL CHURCH, JEBE, ILOYE

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE

TOPIC: TILL DEATH DO US PART – SAVE YOUR MARRIAGE

TEXT; MALACHI 3:14-16; MATTHEW5:31-32

VENUE: FOURSQUARE GOSPEL CHURCH, JEBE

DATE: 29TH MARCH 2009

Introduction

The Lord Jesus established the truth that there is no marriage in heaven, at least between man and woman. Jesus is however preparing us – the church - as His bride.

Permit me to ask this question. If you are given choice to marry in heaven, will you marry your spouse on earth?

Marriage is two becoming one. That in itself is the problem!

Four out of every ten marriages are said to end up in divorce.

When river Niger and river Benue joined, they became one; one loosing its name and the two going on with the name of one of them: river Niger.

In the business world, this is called merger. In marriage, God calls it oneness.

Marriage could be seen as the mutual agreement of a man and a woman to live together as husband and wife with the approval of their social group. This mutual agreement is supposed to last a life time, till death do them part!

They are married for better or worse.

This is an indication that the two are covenanting not to allow any future occurrences that may come their way to separate them. Through thin and thick, in joy and sorrow, in want and plenty, they’ll stick together.

The acts of becoming One sooner than expected, starts to reveal to the parties why they cannot be one: reality of the two coming from different background, their strengths and weaknesses, fears and aspirations, and many other differences.

These soon results to a lot of other problems if not well managed by the duo. The outcome could damage or wreck the relationship.

HOW CAN. WE ALL SAVE OUR MARRIAGE?

Let’s look at some advices that will help us keep our marriages till death do us part. We shall use the acrostic word D-I-V-O-R-C-E to save our marriage.

1. Devotion

Show the highest devotion to your marriage

Remember the 7 Stages in marriage

a. Honeymoon

b. Normative

c. Nagging

d. Explosive

e. Avoidance

f. Divorce

g. Harmony

2. Intimacy

- Be friends

- Do things together

- Be ready to forgive.

- Spend time to be alone together

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3. Vow

Always remember your covenant and keep it: TILL DEATH DO US PART!

Volunteer to pay the necessary price for the success of your marriage. The payoff far outweighs the sacrifice. It pays.

4. Openness

Be open to one another. S/he is your best friend and confidant.

Manage together your temperamental differences:

a. Sanguine (confident, optimistic, cheerful, hopeful, positive)

b. Choleric (bad tempered)

c. Melancholy (sad, depressed, downhearted)

d. Phlegmatic (apathetic, indifferent, unconcerned)

No chameleonic character allowed.

5. Responsibilities – Fulfill your responsibilities.

Marital Responsibilities

Wives. Eph. 5:22, Col. 3:18

- submit to their husband in everything.

• Just as the are to submit to Christ

• Just as the church is subject to Christ

Husbands

- love their wives

• Just as Christ loved the church – sacrificial

• Just as they love their own bodies.


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