Protecting The Marriage Institution (Part 1 of 3)


Marriage forms the core component of humanity and society at large. It was initiated by God himself for Adam when he saw that “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him” – Genesis 2:18. After the making of Eve, and her subsequent ‘delivery’ to Adam; that’s how the marriage institution was formulated. In the process God gave an instruction that “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh” – Genesis 2:24. 

Protecting The Marriage Institution (Part 1 of 3)

However, even though the marriage institution was founded by God Himself; it has now been vandalized and bastardised by people to the extent that it is no longer viewed as an institution of importance. Some people have even gone on to declare that ‘I will never be married’; based on their previous encounters and experience. Has the marriage institution gone that bad? What can we do to restore ‘normalcy and acceptance’ to this institution of primary importance? Let’s explore the basic ways in which We can improve our marriages for the better.

Basic Ways To Protect Our Marriages

1. Don't be naive. Most people who end up in affairs don't set out to have one. Infidelity usually begins with an innocent relationship that, in time, moves to an emotional depth that crosses a line of fidelity. 

2. Increase your investment at home. Solid marriages are built by spending time together, laughing together, and playing together. If you aren't dating your mate, set up dates for the coming months and make spending time together a priority. 

3. Make sure your social network is supportive of your marriage. Surround yourself with friends who are happily married and who don't believe in fooling around. 

Protecting The Marriage Institution (Part 1 of 3)

4. Become aware of your choices. 'The choices we make everyday dictate the life we lead. To thine own self be true!' In other words, how we handle the small things dictates how we react to the bigger ones. 

5. Realize the power of your eyes. As it has been said, your eyes are the windows to your soul. Pull the shades down if you sense someone is pausing a little too long in front of your windows. I realize that good eye contact is necessary for effective conversation, but there's a deep type of look that must be reserved for your spouse. 

6. Don't play the comparison game. We all make mistakes, have bad habits and annoying behaviors. When we compare a 'new friend' to our spouse, it's an unfair comparison because we aren't seeing that person in a 'living under the same roof, taking care of kids at 3 a.m., struggling to make ends meet' reality. 

Protecting The Marriage Institution (Part 1 of 3)

We continue again in Part  2 and 3 of the article as we explore more was that we can use to protect the marriage institution. 

Stay blessed!

Adopted and edited by Tapiwa Zuze


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