Do you remember the last time you attended a wedding? A handsome couple exchanged vows in a beautifully decorated church building. Under God they were joined together. They promised to love and serve each other until death, and only death would part them. What happened after the honeymoon?
For many young couples, the vows mean too little and they are too quickly broken. The young lady resents her promise to love, cherish and obey her husband. She seeks what she calls ‘self fulfillment.’ The young man’s promise to love, honor and cherish his wife are left unfulfilled. His energies are devoted to a new business career. These broken vows lead to broken homes and divorce court.
The Bible says, “It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay” (Ecclesiastes 5:5). Breaking marriage vows is sin. It is sin against God before whom the vows were made. It is also sin against your husband or your wife. You wake up one morning and say, “I don’t feel like sticking it out any longer. I’m splitting.” Feelings get in the way of doing what is right. This too is sin.
There is a remedy for sin, your sin and mine. First of all, you must admit your sin and turn away from it. Then second, you must turn to Jesus Christ. You must ask forgiveness. You must trust in Christ as the only one who has paid the penalty for your sins. Once you turn to Christ you will find that He will heal your marriage and give you strength to keep your vows. Good feelings follow.
To help you understand this better, click here to listen to a sermon based on Philippians 4:4-9 called, “But I Don’t Feel Like It.”