Identify Marriage Prerequisites
They were very much in love and confident that God was leading them into marriage. There didn’t seem to be any reason why this couple wouldn’t live “happily ever after.” However, after the wedding, problems began. The husband continued to confide in his parents rather than in his wife, and when disagreements arose, he would side with his parents. This produced tension in the husband and wife’s relationship as well as in the wife’s relationship with her in-laws. The strain on the marriage was great, because the husband failed to understand the implications of Christ’s command:
“. . . He which made them at the beginning made them male and female, and said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh . . . . What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder” (Matthew 19:4–6).