He and She, In His Image

Then God said, “Let us make man* in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on 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. Genesis 1:26-28a

A Christ-centered marriage between a husband and wife is not only the foundation to a successful home, but to a successful culture, a successful world. In today’s views that can’t be a more close-minded, intolerant statement, but an era’s point of view cannot make right wrong, regardless of how unpopular and unaccepted the truth is. God is higher than man, and therefore His Word superior to man’s opinion. No matter what the date might be, His Word is unchanging… eternal.

If you believe the Bible is God’s inspired message to us, than this passage of scripture leaves no doubt or confusion as to why marriage is preserved for a man and woman. …in the image of God He created him, male and female he created them.  When a man and woman are joined together in holy matrimony, they are as close to the reflection of God as any human being can be. God does not tell us he created man alone in his image. He created man and woman in his image. If it is not a man and a woman in a marriage, the whole of that marriage is missing out on character traits of the Creator. Only together are a man and a woman fulfilling the representation of the likeness of God.  Man has been given character traits that are reflective of God, but not every character trait. Woman has been given character traits of God, but not every character trait. They must join like a well designed puzzle in order to complete the likeness. How much easier it is to understand why God does not ever want the marriage torn apart. It is as if the character of God is being ripped in half.

Let’s cling to the Truth of God’s Word and not be confused or influenced by the times we live in. Marriage is to be lived out with a male and female, given over to the authority of Christ, being sanctified and perfected until death do we part. When that biblical model is lived out, life will go well. Then there is hope for the generation born from this model, as they are trained up in the way they should go, learning to live under the greatest command to love God with all their heart, soul and mind, and learning to love their neighbors as themselves. As Christians, we are to do our part in our world, regardless of what the world around us chooses to do. Our choice to live a biblically disciplined life, to work through the common trials of marriage and to raise up a godly generation will be the greatest testimony to the character of God. We cannot be perfect or sinless, but we can, as a married couple, be complete in the eyes of God, and He will sustain us and equip us to live as witnesses to His Character.

Prayer: Lord God, you are holy and perfect, and often times my marriage is very far from that. Please help my spouse and I to be more dedicated, devoted examples of your love, your justice, your mercy and grace, your holiness and perfection in our marriage. Not by our strength, but by the strength that comes through Christ in us. Help us to be witnesses to the world and bless us as we raise up a generation who will honor you with their lives. We ask this in Jesus name. Amen.

 

Sharon Cannavo

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