The Bible verse above describes and emphasises the reason God instituted marriage but like every other thing that God has put together for righteousness reasons, the devil have a counterfit and already made plans of stealing, killing and destroying.
Marriage in recent times globally, is going through tumultuos times, there is a rage from the pit of hell to dis-unite especially christian unions!
There is an urgent need to WATCH and PRAY
Praying before you choose a partner can not be compromised, praying to BLOCK-OUT 3rd parties (the devil's agents in many forms) is not to be taken as child's play,
Praying to PRAY TOGETHER and BE ON THE SAME SIDE OF THE FENCE always, is a matter of great NECESSITY!
Many marriages in our time are ARRANGED (spiritually and physically )
The devil will do everything possible to join the wrong SET OF PEOPLE together in marital union, when the right set by God's mercy meet and are eventually joined in HOLY MATRIMONY, he and all the agents on errand WILL DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO TEAR THE UNION INTO MANY TINY SHREDS!
The source used are mostly third parties INVITED into the affairs between the two by ONE or BOTH of them (B-I-G mistake!), in ther cases it is a nosy-poker, family member from either side (MOST COMMON in all cases)or 'friend' who is either secretly jealous of the UNION or for some other reason.
That is why Jesus enjoins us to watch and pray, praying always for the descernment of spirit, praying for power to overcome and SUPPORT from HIS divine presence otherwise we cannot survive THE RAGE!
The Bible passages below are enlisted as a reminder and encouragement, choice wisdom words have been added as well from various sources.
Be blessed as you peruse in Jesus mighty name.
"Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken." - Ecclesiastes 4:12
God’s Plan for Marriage: Hosea 2:19 And I will betroth you to me forever. I will betroth you to me in righteousness and in justice, in steadfast love and in mercy.
8 and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh. 9 What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”
"Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins."- 1 Peter 4:8
“Success in marriage does not come merely through finding the right mate, but through being the right mate.”
-Barnett R. Brickner
“The bonds of matrimony are like any other bonds – they mature slowly.”
-Peter De Vries
“Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads which sew people together through the years.”
“Happiness in marriage is a moment by moment choice. A decision to love, forgive, grow and grow old together.”
“Marriage is not a noun; it’s a verb. It isn’t something you get. It’s something you do. Its the way you love your partner every day.”
-Barbara De Angelis
Relationships last long because two people made a choice to: keep it, fight for it, and work for it
Finally ; HAPPILY EVER AFTER IS NOT PART OF THE WORDS OF A FAIRYTALE ALONE, IT IS A CHOICE YOU MAKE WHEN YOU DECIDE TO COMMIT YOUR 'LIFE' INTO THE HANDS OF ANOTHER
"Be completely humble and gentle; Be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace."- Ephesians 4:2-3