It’s an interesting contrast to think about the very first marriage compared to our culture today. There was no six-tiered cake, expensive decorations, or drawn-out ceremony with candles and music. There was no debt incurred, no registry at Target, and no dish-ware patterns fought over.
There was only man, woman, and God. What a holy moment that must have been!
We’ve come a long way since that moment in the Garden. Today, marriage tends to look very different. In short, we’ve complicated things. The Fall of mankind introduced sin into the world, and therefore into our marriages. We no longer know perfect communion with God and our spouse. Our flesh gets in the way, and we combat selfishness and pride on a regular basis. I don’t think anyone would argue that they have a perfect marriage—in fact, I bet we could all agree there are elements in all our marriages that need improvement.
But how do you know if your marriage needs a regular tune-up, or a complete overhaul?
To know if our marriage needs to change, we first must look at what God says about marriage. We know from Scripture that God created male and female in His own image. He said it wasn’t good for man to be alone and created woman as an answer to that problem. Then, He instructed Adam and Eve to populate the earth.
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them. And God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.’” (Genesis 1:27-28)
The Lord also stated that marriage creates a new family unit. Adam and Eve didn’t have earthly parents like everyone else does, but God, even in the beginning, was setting up the order of the home.“Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh” (Genesis 2:24)
In a two-becoming-one type union, there are bound to be issues! But here are six signs that your marriage really needs to change:
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