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Conditional Marriage

Do you have a conditional marriage?  Most Christian marriage ceremonies include something along the lines of…

  • for better or for worse…
  • for richer, for poorer…
  • in sickness and in health…
  • and forsaking all others…
  • as long as you both shall live.

Essentially these words are saying that my marriage to you is not dependent on your actions or circumstances.  These statements are usually made separately by each person and committed to separately – neither is conditional on the other.

Certainly there is a place for separation when abuse is involved, but in addition to the Biblical prohibition against divorce, you are violating your vow to your spouse before God if you dissolve the marriage in any way other than death as stated in the commitment.

You may consider yourself to be just fine in this regard, so let me challenge you to think back over your marriage vows.  Do you have the same level of commitment to them as you did then?  If not, today is the day to regain that lost ground.

Categories: Bible, Family
  1. April 16, 2009 at 10:01 am

    “you are violating your vow to your spouse before God if you dissolve the marriage in any way other than death as stated in the commitment.”

    Thank you for taking a stand against divorce.

    “A wife is married to her husband as long as he lives.”
    1 Corinthians 7:39



  2. Karis
    April 17, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    I am so thankful for my husband who makes it “easy” for me to be committed to our vows. I pray that I would be just as committed even if he wasn’t living to honor Christ. A dear friend comes to mind who was saved after she was married. It’s been 30 years now since she’s been saved, and her husband still doesn’t understand her “religion” or his own need of salvation. I have marveled at her commitment to him! Fortunately, he treats her well, but I will never forget when she told me one time, “I love him so much, and he’s such a good man. But I feel so alone so often even when I’m with him.” My heart aches for her and prays for them both. Then again, my mind goes to a young lady who has been recently saved and suffering in her marriage to a man who is one way at church and another way when he’s not at church. That really puts “for better or for worse in perspective.”

  3. Leigh Riffel
    April 17, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    You see, this is why comments are so good. They add so much value to the original post that it wouldn’t have otherwise had. Thanks Karis.

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