***Thinking of marriage related to the world’s governmental system, here’s my take-in:
I believe sometimes we ask ourselves if peace could ever reign in our world…and we go all out to think of ideal systems or methods to assure that. However, we overlook the immediate, basic and pertinent ‘thing’ that guarantees such. What is it?
The family is an important institution ordained by God for His purpose; a sign of unity and oneness just like Christ and God the Father, Christ and the Church,His bride(I won’t deviate into that.) The family depicts our ‘cosmos’(our world…our nation’). We are like co-architects of this institution. We can decide to build it either on Christ and ensure all the blessings that pertains to him or build on our capabilities and inherit a limited and hard marriage. When we base our families on Christ, we secure peace and love necessary to live happily. How can a man and his wife build their home on Christ…forming a sort of cyclical relationship together with Him?Well, firstly they must be united by Him and, thus, receive his recognition: it’s like entering into partnership with Christ, handing over to Him the welfare of the marriage; a sign of surrendering to his leadership in order to yield peace and harmony from their union. When Christ is involved in any marriage, He makes sure it’s fruitful and blissful; above all, He nourishes it with His love so that the love between the man and his wife would never cease!
So, the union between a man and a woman must be recognized and nourished by God. It’s only God that can grant that blissful and godly marriage many desire.
I’d like to pause and explain a bit of how a marriage based on Christ is.
If we go to Ecclesiastes 4:12 says,
‘Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.’
We see that ‘two can defend themselves’. What doers that mean?It simply implies that as a man and his wife, joined together in marriage, they become the burden bearer of each other. They help, strengthen and encourage each other. In short, they share all together…good and bad times. Make decisions and plan together. Remember, two can’t walk together-prosper- without agreeing(Amos 3:3).
Moreover, two people are better than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one persons falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble, so marriage is not a one-man business, so greed must be absent(Ecclesiasites 4:9-10). Finally,it’s being humble to one another.
Learn to appreciate and care for each other.
So, you can see the importance of walking together as husband and wife. You both can stand back-to-back and conquer. Alleluia!
The previous biblical verse continues saying,’A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.’
What does these three strands stand for?
They stand for: THE HUSBAND - CHRIST -THE WIFE.
So, here says, a cord of three strands is not easily broken, why?Why, Christ is involved. When Christ is the author and the One that perfects a marriage, it can never fail! It’s bound to last long, filled with joy and peace from the throne of grace. You just keep bubbling in joy and harmony. Alleluia!!
So, in short, make sure your marriage is based on Christ only and learn to walk together in unity with your life partner…and you will surely receive God’s peace that is beyond human comprehension.
So, going straight to the point, how can we bring peace to this world?
Though it sounds like an utopia..I’ll still go ahead and share it. Based on what I’ve previously said concerning marriage-which MUST be based on Christ - in order to enjoy a godly and joyful marriage- the world can attain peace when the family - the nucleus of every nation of the world…every society…every community)- is in PEACE. When there’s harmony and one accord in a family, automatically that peace can influence their external relationships.
Let’s imagine - for instance - that in a society, every family dwells in peace among them(because they are based on Christ) even its leader, you will observe that the society will enjoy all-round stability and prosperity. Why?Because, if a man is unable to control or live in harmony and peace in his family(that is being faithful to his wife and knowing how to manage his children and household well(I Timothy 3:12), it’s impossible for him to lead or govern a city…a region…a state…a nation. So, if the mayor of a city enjoys a blessed marriage, just like the people he is leading, the city will surely prosper. The same is for a president of a country: if he’s able to maintain a stable and blissful marriage, he will surely know how to rule his nation.
In the Western world, divorce is an everyday event..families breaking apart every day for one futile and satanic reason or another: like betrayal(one of the main reasons,talk less of financial reasons)by one of the parties(the husband or the wife) and,thus, children grow up insecure and problematic, not sure that they are going to marry and have a family. So, they are indirectly affected by the evil that befell their own families; thus, they become limited and pessimistic concerning marriage( which is originally a blessing of the LORD).
When such happens, unhappiness reigns. It’s the main reason for depression and anxiety, mostly in the ‘civilised’ part of the world; a ‘vogue’ among the so-called ‘VIPs’..pure foolishness. Let’s not be conformed to this world, but let God fashion our steps and empower us to build up healthy homes by the grace of Jesus Christ, where children could grow in the fear of the LORD and become role models in their generation(Romans 12:2b).
So, as it is said, ‘Charity begins at home’ and it’s true. In this case, before blaming external factors for mishaps in the world political system, let’s make sure that there’s peace in our immediate surroundings…in our families. In so doing, we able to move towards bringing peace around us. For harmony, just like peace, invades its environ,’ it is as refreshing as the dew from Mount Hermon that falls on the mountains of Zion. And there the LORD has pronounced his blessing, even life everlasting(Psalm 133:3). Wow…so, we can see the power of harmony and charity in a family that brings down God’s blessings.
In addition, let’s pray that God will enable every leader in the world to build up a healthy home by His grace, for the sake of His elect,us, so that we shall prosper.
Above all, let’s acknowledge God in all things and pray for God’s blessings upon the marriages of the leaders of the nations so that they will favor the children of God.
I PRAY GOD WILL GRANT TO EVERY ONE OF US THE WISDOM TO BUILD UP HEALTHY AND BLISSFUL HOMES IN CHRIST,NOURISHED AND ENRICHED BY CHRIST EVERYDAY, SO THAT WE WOULD EXTEND THAT PEACE TO THE DYING WORLD IN JESUS’ NAME, AMEN!
SHALOM - !