How to Achieve Marital Bliss
J. Gerald Harris
Acts 18:1-3, 26
Aquila and Priscilla were devout Christians. They were married to each other. They came from Italy to Corinth after the Emperor Claudius ordered the Jews to be expelled from Rome. They assisted Paul in his ministry. A church met in their home. They were apparently influential among the churches of the Gentiles.
The Bible does not say anything specifically about their marriage. But there are some specific things told about Aquila and Priscilla that would lead us to believe that their marriage was solid, that they were fulfilled in their relationship and that their marriage was an example to others.
In Acts 18:26 we are told that there was a certain Jew named Apollos who was an eloquent man and "mighty in the scriptures." Although he was instructed in the way of the Lord, and although he was fervent in spirit, and although he taught diligently the things of the Lord, we're told in verse 26 that Aquila and Priscilla took him under their wing and "expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly."
What you have in Priscilla and Aquila is a spirit--filled couple who had a joyful, meaningful marriage relationship.
Let me say this, and I want to say it with all charity. In marriages where both the husband and the wife are genuine, spirit--filled Christians, divorce does not occur. The home is not destroyed when both the husband and the wife are walking with the Lord Jesus Christ.
But in homes where both members know the Lord, there is difficulty and problems and pressures. And if we do not deal with them, our marriages get into trouble.
You know, I have heard a lot of lectures and sermons like this and usually they all start like this: (have you noticed it?) "then when the honeymoon was over...." And they tell us some signs so we can know when the honeymoon is over.
"The honeymoon is over," one man said, "when you take your wife off the pedestal and put her on a budget." Somebody els ...
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