by Dennis Marquardt

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Marriage! (1 of 5)
Series: Great Issues Of Life
Dennis Marquardt
Genesis 2:18-25; Hebrews 13:4: Proverbs 5:15-23; 1 Peter 3:1-7; 1 Corinthians 7:1O-17

INTRO: One woman's response to why she had a happy marriage on her 50th wedding anniversary was this: On her wedding day she decided to make a list of ten of her husband's faults that she would be willing to forgive or overlook for the sake of their marriage. A guest asked her to share some of those ten things ... this was her response: "To tell you the truth, I never did finish the list ... but whenever my husband did something that made me hopping mad I would say to myself, "Lucky for him that that was one of the 10!" - Source Unknown

Marriage is never completely smooth or easy! But it can be a blessing when some of the God created dynamics is adhered to: Some important "rules" are necessary for healthy marriages...

a. There must be both give and take ... even God who loves everyone won't allow everyone to go to heaven unless the sinner responds by giving himself back to God in love!
b. Like a narrow bridge ... there will be fewer "collisions" if there is a yield sign on BOTH sides of the bridge!
c. Accepting forgiveness and giving it will be an absolute to keep going!
d. Like a building … it never gets built without workers, good marriages don't just happen ... they are built; and if you use rotten stuff to build with the possibilities are greater for collapse later!
e. While a marriage might be made in heaven ... we are responsible for the maintenance on earth!

PROP. SENT: Marriage is an honorable institution, the most basic and most important framework for society and for human health; spiritually, physically, and psycho-logically!

I. MARRIAGE BOND Gen. 2:18-25 Heb. 13:4a

A. Pleasant! Gen. 2:18,23 Heb. 13:4a
1. It is an honorable creation ... part of the "VERY GOOD" that God pronounced about His work of creation!
2. Unless someone is gifted by God to remain single, marriage ...

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