New Marriage, Same Spouse

New Marriage, Same Spouse

Genesis 2:23-24 – Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

Have you ever been looking for something to watch and noticed some type of repair show? It’s tough to scroll very far, whether it be on cable TV or Netflix, without seeing home renovation, DIY, or “tricked out” cars.

In Genesis 2, God gives us His perfect design for marriage as we see in the first marriage between Adam and Eve. Adam was on the earth and God proclaimed that it wasn’t “good that the man should be alone”. So, he made Eve out of Adam’s rib as He says they were “one flesh”. This all happens before sin ever enters the world and the Serpent (Satan) ever shows up.

Jesus (Mark 10:6-12) and Paul (Ephesians 5:28-31) both quote this part of Genesis 2 without any updates, further demonstrating that this was God’s perfect divine design for marriage.

Now, back to the repair shows. Oftentimes, the host walks into an old house that has had years of disrepair or attempts at repair that have fallen short or made things worse. This is like a marriage.

You likely started out on your wedding day expecting the best, thinking nothing could get in the way of your love, and looking forward to your happily ever after. A few years in, sickness, lost jobs, frustrating family members, unruly kids, and money issues have gotten in the way, and you feel like you may not even recognize the person lying next to you. But there is hope. As I’ve said before, you can have a new marriage with the same spouse.

God wants us to enjoy our marriages and for them to, for sure, make us holy and more like Jesus, but also to give us enjoyment and be a small picture of God’s undying love for us in an earthly relationship. If both spouses can humble themselves and be willing, God can help fix what’s broken. Chip and Joanna Gaines may have built an empire restoring old houses but only God can repair a marriage.  

If you’re married, is your marriage in need of some repair? Read Genesis 2 together, pray together, and, if needed, find a licensed Christian counselor to help you repair your relationship. If you’re not yet married, read Genesis 2 as encouragement for what God likely has planned for your future marriage.

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Pastor Mark & Grace
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