Phomolo Wendy Matleelane loves reading, writing poetry and jotting down insights. She attends The Apostolic Faith Mission church in Molepolole, Magokotswane branch. She serves as a church secretary and assists in Sunday school. She currently works as a Research Assistant at the Ministry of Local Government in Gaborone. Her family is a blended and colourful one. The inspiration of this article is inspired by the family that she grew up from. She was raised by a single mother and growing up she had a desire to change the setup. It was not easy growing up without a dad in the house. So she made certain goals that would help her change the setup with her children. She appreciates her mum and thanks God for His redeeming love that found her, she is still on a journey to reach the high mark of the high calling. God has faithfully pursued her with His love for so many years. For Him, she waits. Enjoy!
Marriage is to be held in honor among all [that is, regarded as something of great value], and the marriage bed undefiled [by immorality or by any sexual sin]; for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous. Hebrews 13:4 (AMP)
I once declared that my husband could not marry another woman, and that I could not be married by someone who is not my husband. This was a statement that I made without an understanding of the profound depth of its meaning. Until one day I was going to school and I was given a lift by an unbeliever who to them, it was just right to marry anyone. In his argument he asserted that love is powerful and conquers all. This is true!
As I pondered on our discussion after arriving at my destination, the Lord reminded me of “my declaration”…He went on to explain to me that the last days are a time to understand whose bride we are. That two people coming together because of the hope that they have seen and not faith it is a recipe for disaster.
When I thought about it realized that it was an appalling state to think of how marriage in the body of Christ is just being trampled on. How we take it for granted, when the earthly marriage is in fact supposed to be a symbol and shadow of the ultimate marriage of the Lamb.
I examined my life to realize that without the revelation above I had cheated the ultimate groom Jesus. I had made it so much about me, me, me and I had failed to see that the earthly man I marry is part of a plan to express the ultimate Groom’s purposes through our union. Hence it is very important to know who our husband (Christ) is, so that we are not illegible to be married by strangers/foreigners. The word of God also emphasizes two cannot walk together unless they agree.
The ultimate purpose for the two coming together is for agreement in advancing the purposes of our Heavenly Father’s Kingdom.
The essence of the matter is that Jesus is our groom, we are His Bride. He is the one that we must wait faithfully for Him to return for us. Therefore we must exercise all faithfulness to our earthly spouse as the marriage is an example of our ultimate marriage to the Lamb of God Jesus.
In singleness and in marriage we must know that the greatest waiting that we are on is for Jesus Christ.
To achieve that the marriage bed should not be defiled, for this is the training for the ultimate wedding and marriage. The Lord demands pure and perfect bride without blemish or spot,(Hebrews 13:4) It is fortunate because we have not been left clueless in how to be perfect; He has given us a manual (The Bible) and direction to follow in order to remain pure and chaste towards His return.
Thank you Lord!
With Love, PWM.