Something told me to share this series of sermon that Pastor Mel Caparros (of Living Word Cebu International Ministries) was giving to us during the year 2004. I realized that I should be thankful that God enable to me note down some, and so that I can share this to others. I am hoping and praying that somehow, those who have problems with their marriage will get help from this series.
Successful Marriage (part 1)
Right at the beginning, I would like to establish that Marriage is the most important Human Relationship there is in the universe. I must add that marriage forms the most Basic Unit and Foundation of church and society. If we want a strong church and a strong nation, then we must have a strong marriage and strong families. If we fail in marriage, then we fail at every level. (1 Timothy 3:1-5)
In the world of Mathematics, 1+1=2, but in the world of Biblical marriage, 1+1=1 ("...a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh." Genesis 2:24) Being "oneness" is the blueprint of a successful marriage.
Here are the necessary steps to achieving "oneness".
1.LEAVE YOUR PARENTS or CUTTING THE UMBILICAL CORD- It doesn't mean abandoning or forsaking your parents. I means to make a Geographical move. It means to get out of the house. To some people it may just mean moving next door in a subdivision and for some, it may be a greater geographical move. We may live a thousand miles apart and yet not leaving our parents in the sense of support they need.
2.CLEAVE TO ONE ANOTHER-means that couples should permanently stick to each others arrangement until death do them part. Malachi 2:14 and Proverbs 2:17 tells that marriage is an irrevocable covenant or contract. The word "cleave" tells that marriage is based more on commitment than feelings or attraction.
...*at the elementary level, this refers to sexual intimacy
...*at the higher level, this refers to total intimacy and deep unity.
...*it means that a couple is a team doing things for the sake of the other person.
...*it means positively complementing to each other rather than competing.