If you are considering marriage or know someone who is . . .

We posted some days ago about denominationalism and how tradition can cause us to completely disregard the Word of God.  If you haven’t seen this post, go back and give it a read and leave a comment if you’d like.

I felt led to share this example of tradition and how this tradition has led to sickness and poverty in marriages. Have you ever thought about the wedding vows that say”for richer or poorer” and “in sickness and in health”? Have you read this in scripture? I haven’t seen this. If you have please show me where it is. It sounds really good and like such a wonderful thing to say. Why do we say it? Tradition perhaps? We as Christians need to be very careful in this area and in my opinion should not speak poverty or sickness into our marriages. Jesus came that we might be saved, not be sick and not be poor. John 10:10 says that Jesus came that we might have life and have (life) more abundantly. If He came that we might have the abundant life, why would we confess poverty and sickness into our marriages? I’m not saying that you won’t have times of lack and sickness during your marriage, but I am saying that you can decide what your confession is going to be. See the last post discussing Romans 4:17.  Take a look a 2 Corinthians 8:9 which teaches us that Jesus laid His riches aside and took our poverty so that we might be RICH. That’s not a dollar amount, but it means having all-sufficiency for all things. God needs you rich so that you can use your wealth for the Kingdom of  God while you are on the earth; and He’s not just talking about money. He’s talking about the abundant life! If you are considering marriage let me encourage you to study Ephesians 5:22-33. Marriage was ordained by God and here in Ephesians He discusses marriage between a husband and wife like that of Christ and the church. There is no better place to pull your vows from other than the Word of God. Don’t get caught up in tradition with your wedding vows. Your tradition may just introduce things that are contrary to the Word into your marriage. Have a blessed weekend.

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