Discovering YOU Magazine May 2018 Issue - Page 30

WHAT GOD PUTS TOGETHER

Article by Dr. Tunishai Ford

The Mission of

MARRIAGE

Most people get married because they found someone they believe they can live with and tolerate for some length of time. Yes, they may try to indicate that their intentions are based on love. For the most part, I believe many couples are together because they want to fulfill an objective; be it finding someone that will take care of them, someone that can fulfill their sexual needs, maybe it is for financial gain, or maybe it is just because they do not want to spend the rest of their lives alone. Whatever the reason people have for getting married, we should understand and put into practice the mission that God has given everyone who decides to embark down this threshold of marriage.

In the beginning, when God created man (Adam), he was a complete and whole individual who did not realize that he had a need for a companion (Genesis 2: 15 - 17). He was content and he was

extremely busy. He was responsible for naming everything God made, cultivating the land and enjoying his relationship with God. Adam was content and happy. God is the one who noticed that everything He created had a companion and something to procreate with; Adam on the other hand was alone in that respect. God said, "It is not good for man to be alone", therefore He made a helpmate suitable for the man (Genesis 2: 18 - 25).  He created a human being from the man and called it a woman, a man with the ability to carry, nurture and provide substance to another like itself, a man with a womb. In doing so, God put in motion the mission for what we call, "marriage".

Marriage is intended to bring forth life, to nurture that life, and provide substance for it. It is through the institution of marriage that a man and woman come together to procreate; thus began and established our families, communities, and our societies. Through the union of a man and woman, God completes His plan He has started in the earth, to give all of the descendants of the first man and woman a mission that glorifies God, justifies man's existence