A properly lived marriage will give you a taste of heaven on earth.
Your mom and I have been married for 37 years.
You’ve witnessed our relationship.
What do you think?
I would hope you want to have a relationship/marriage as we have enjoyed.
It wasn’t just all luck; although there may have been some Divine Intervention.
There are a lot of things parents hope and pray for their children to achieve.
Number One is that you make it to heaven to live eternally with Christ.
That takes care of your eternal life.
As your father and head of the family, (which is a Biblical Principle in and of itself) that has been my number one responsibility.
Everything else runs a distant second, but I want to tell you what it takes to
live a life that might seem like “heaven-on-earth”.
That requires you to follow the Bible and its Principles.
It isn’t difficult; in fact, that is the great thing about the Bible
– it was made for even the simple to understand.
(see Psalm 19:7; Psalm 119:130)
As with most things in this life, there is Good—then there is Better—and
then there is Best.
The Best is what I want for you.
Just like “It is better to have no friends than the wrong friends”;
It is better to have no spouse than the wrong spouse.
The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray. ~ Proverbs 12:26 (NIV)
1 Corinthians 7, Paul talks about marriage and being single.
Too many rush into a relationship. Have faith; God will provide.
Genesis 2:18-24…God very clearly desired that man and woman should be together.
Having been raised in a Christian home by Christian parents, I pray that you either are now or will VERY soon, become a Christian.
The very first and foremost thing for a marriage to be the Best is that you marry another Christian.
“Don’t become partners with those who reject God. How can you make a partnership out of right and wrong? That’s not partnership; that’s war. Is light best friends with dark? Does Christ go strolling with the Devil? Do trust and mistrust hold hands? Who would think of setting up pagan idols in God’s holy Temple? But that is exactly what we are, each of us a temple in whom God lives…
…God himself put it this way “Don’t link up with those who will pollute you…”
~ 2 Corinthians 6:14 (The Message (MSG))
This is a Principle that works in all relationships.
Know the difference between Lust and Love.
“Lust is the desire to get something from someone else; Love is the desire to make life as desirable as possible for someone else.”
– Practice Love the verb.
– Do more than is expected
This is the Principle of Servitude Heart.
Be the kind of person you want in a spouse (friend).
Principle: You Reap What You Sow.
“If you want to marry a Queen, you have to be a King.” AND
If you want to marry a King, you have to be a Queen.”
You cannot expect to “Get” if you don’t “Give”.
There are many in today’s world who will scoff at these instructions.
It doesn’t matter – this is what will give you “Heaven on Earth.”
As with everything else I’ve shared with you, the choice is yours.
Here is what Proverbs has to say about finding and keeping the ‘Perfect’ wife;
My son, this is what you are looking for. My daughter, this is what you have to be.
The Good Wife
10 It is hard to find an excellent wife.
She is worth more than rubies.
11 Her husband trusts her completely.
With her, he has everything he needs.
12 She does him good and not harm
for as long as she lives.
13 She looks for wool and linen.
She likes to work with her hands.
14 She is like a trader’s ship.
She goes far to get food.
15 She gets up while it is still dark.
She prepares food for her family.
She also feeds her servant girls.
16 She looks at a field and buys it.
With money she has earned, she plants a vineyard.
17 She does her work with energy.
Her arms are strong.
18 She makes sure that what she makes is good.
She works by her lamp late into the night.
19 She makes thread with her hands
and weaves her own cloth.
20 She welcomes the poor.
She helps the needy.
21 She does not worry about her family when it snows.
They all have fine clothes to keep them warm.
22 She makes coverings for her bed.
Her clothes are made of linen and other expensive material.
23 Her husband is recognized at the city meetings.
He makes decisions as one of the leaders of the land.
24 She makes linen clothes and sells them.
She provides belts to the merchants.
25 She is strong and is respected by the people.
She looks forward to the future with joy.
26 She speaks wise words.
And she teaches others to be kind.
27 She watches over her family.
And she is always busy.
28 Her children bless her.
Her husband also praises her.
29 He says, “There are many excellent wives,
but you are better than all of them.”
30 Charm can fool you, and beauty can trick you.
But a woman who respects the Lord should be praised.
31 Give her the reward she has earned.
She should be openly praised for what she has done.