In cultures that tear down and demean the institutions and relationships that God has established, Scripture continually calls us back to a standard that the Creator established at the beginning. That is why Hebrews 13:4 tells us to “let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.”
Holding marriage honorably means that we are giving it the proper “weight, respect, courtesy and reverence that is due” because of its importance. Though the world has ‘dumbed down’ the importance of marriage, I trust that we as followers of Jesus will restore in our hearts and practice the unique value of marriage “among all”. This is what we call a “timeless principle or truth”. It matters not our place in history, our ethnicity, or the pressures from a changing culture. God has placed a divine value on marriage that must be given ‘great weight and reverence’!
Such a high view of marriage means that “sexual immorality and adultery” cannot be tolerated, not simply because it violates the institution and covenant in marriage, but because it sins against the God the Author. That is why “God will judge” those who practice such deviations from the original design. We must also remember that God forgives those that turn back to Him in repentance.
There is a certain joy that fills our hearts when we acknowledge God’s values in our marriage. My prayer is that this will encourage you to raise a banner of honor for marriage, whether you are married or single. It will glorify the Designer!
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