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Wait! Before You Say "I Do!"

wait! before you say "i do!"

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In my over six decades of life, I have observed with concern why many marriages contracted under the Christian principles and between professed believers in Christ either ended up in separation, divorce, or, are just being endured, even when happiness had long taken its leave in the home. Adeniji (1994) says: “Your success or failure in marriage depends largely on you and it is right counsel you are admonished to follow because it is a way to happy married-life”1. The questions begging for answers are: whether the couples involved are Christians indeed; do they believe that the Bible is God’s word to be obeyed; and as rules for living in His kingdom? Do they know what marriage really is from God’s perspectives and his expectations from parties involved in the institution? Were they ready for the demands of marriage and what their expectations are from the union? As a growing youth in my beloved church, I had good fellowship and interactions with married couples, which enabled me to have a feel of what goes on within many professed Christian homes. With openness, many discussed with me deep emotional marriage problems they were going through, with the expectation that I could help proffer some solutions. I was not married then, so I had limited storage of experiences to share with them apart from basic biblical injunctions. To the glory of God, I got married thirty nine (39) years ago and can comfortably share from this largess. ...

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