Live joyfully with the wife whom you love all the days of your vain life which He has given you under the sun, all your days of vanity; for that is your portion in life, and in the labor which you perform under the sun. Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going. (Ecclesiastes 9:9-10)
Living Joyfully In Marriage
In the beginning, God created man and woman to be happy with a cherished love for one another spanning a lifetime. Sin marred that relationship but the promise of a happy life is still given within the bond of marriage. The perfection of creation can be found in the home where love rules and forgiveness is the constant character of the husband and wife. Life is short. Every day is lost to the pages of yesterday so we must make the best of finding happiness with our husband or wife. No one is perfect and love is finding that happiness overlooking the faults of the other as they overlook the faults in ourselves. Marriage was created to bring joy.
Following the plan of the Creator the home can be a place of lasting contentment. Successful marriages are not characterized by the absence of problems but a willingness to solve those problems with the word of God. Solomon makes important concessions in the proverb that will help in our marriages. God wants us to be happy. This will be a lifetime of commitment. Life is short so make the best of every day. Do the best you can every day to make your marriage happy. Share your love with one another while you are living before the day of death separates you forever. Flowers on the grave will be too late if flowers never came in life. Words of love are empty when death takes away the voice. Today is the day to show love for one another.
Living joyfully is finding happiness in life. There are many things to discourage. Life can be hard. When the Lord created Adam, He said it was not good that he should be alone. Creating the woman from the side of Adam shows how God wants the man and woman to face life – together; united. Joy is found in companionship. Marriage is a union of friendship where the husband and wife seek the welfare of the other above the needs of self. Joy is not selfish. Do the best you can do with every ounce of energy to bring the spirt of God into the home and you will find a deeper peace and lasting joy than ever before. His plan always works!
[Marriage] is a fusion of two hearts – the union of two lives – the coming together of two tributaries, which after being joined in marriage, will flow in the same channel in the same direction … carrying the same burdens of responsibility and obligation. (Peter Marshall, quoted by Catherine Marshall, in her A Man Called Peter, 1951)