In the first part of this series, I established that marriage is a gift that we ought to be grateful for. We looked at why we must not only appreciate our gift, but appreciate our spouse too. I also shared five things we should be doing to show our appreciation to our spouse, which will result in a better marriage experience for both.
Today, we are looking more at the purpose of marriage, being a blessing by which we are to bless others. I’d first like to establish that both singleness and marriage are gifts (1 Cor 7:7)…but they are different, like the gift of teaching and the gift of prophecy. If they are fully appreciated, if we understand why we have been so gifted, then we can use our gifts rightly in ministering to others, in obedience to God.
Marriage is a holy union (Heb 13:4), it is not a compromise. By deciding to marry, you didn’t settle for a lesser gift, but you did take on a greater responsibility (not least by the care you promised to another soul). In a similar way, it could be said that the prophet has greater responsibility over every word he utters…
Read more at http://blog.ufuomaee.org/the-marriage-abcs-b