Reading the Word
Proverbs 12:4 (ESV)
4 An excellent wife is the crown of her husband, but she who brings shame is like rottenness in his bones.
Understanding and Applying the Word
This passage focuses on the benefit of a good wife to her husband, but we could easily reverse this and apply the same truth to the benefit of a good husband. Marriage is a covenant commitment and should not be entered into without serious thought. Your spouse’s actions and reputation will impact not only them, but also you. A good spouse is a wonderful thing, the best thing, to have in life. However, a bad spouse can bring great pain and misery that lasts a lifetime.
As a pastor, I have seen both extremes of marriage. I have seen couples who have been together in excess of 70 years and have thrived because of each other. I have also seen couples whose marriages have ended in divorce or that are struggling. Divorce and struggling marriages are all too common and weigh down all involved. What some will not tell you is divorce does not often completely undo the ties to the other person. We must celebrate the wonderful gift of marriage and the joy it can bring, but we must also guard against rushing into it. Find the person who is committed to Christ and helps you grow in your commitment to the same.
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