Marriage and the Family  Introduction

 

I would like to start out by saying from the very beginning that the things that I have written are not things that Iíve always been able to put into practice in my life and in my marriage and family relationship. In fact there were often times that I fell far short of it. The reason that Iím saying this is because I donít want anyone reading these writings to get the idea that my wife and I are perfect parents. No, on the contrary, as far as I know there isnít a perfect husband or wife, father and mother anywhere in this world (save that is except our Lord and Saviour Jesus). My marriage and family relationship had many, and I say many, ups and downs, good times and bad times, successes and failures too. But it has been these ups and downs, good times and bad times, successes and failures that the Lord has blessed both my dear wife and myself to be able to learn many lessons from and hopefully pass along to others.

 

Sometimes we did the right things, but we felt that more often than not, we fell short of the mark. You can ask my wife and sheíll be more than happy to tell you that we both had to struggle and work to raise our family. I wish that I could tell you that living day to day as husband and wife and raising a family was easy, but itís not, in fact it takes a whole lot of hard work, and patience!

 

We, that is to say, my wife and I, have been married now for twenty-six years, and have raised three children, and what I would like to share with you are the wonderful lessons that the Lord has taught us throughout the years of living and learning in our marriage and family relationship. As my wife and I look back now, we can clearly see the leading of the Lord in everything in our lives, and especially as we raised our children. And in those twenty-six years there have been many times that we have tried to do some things our own way, and have always found that our own way has always lead to disaster. We would end up feeling like God had abandoned us, and left us to our own devises. But in fact what had happened was that He had not left us at all; no, on the contrary, it had been ďweĒ who had forsaken Him! And by these experiences we have been taught that when we followed the leading of the Lord that He never, and I repeat never failed to bless us in our efforts to uphold the marriage and family relationship with much blessings as we attempted to live in this present world. Despite our failings and shortcomings, and by and through the grace of God, we have been blessed to raise three of the most wonderful children.

 

Our two daughters are now married, and I hope that my wife and myself have given them a good pattern to follow. We have both tried to teach them that they too must trust the Lord in all that they do. And have also tried to show them that we love them, by always working together as husband and wife through our problems (which have not always in a peaceful way). But we felt that it was just as important for them to know that they could always count on the help of God to keep going, even as they saw a lot of their friendís parents going down the slippery road to divorce.

 

Our son still lives at home, but he is now twenty-one years old. (I know that my wife really enjoys having him around too; once a mother always a mother). Our prayer for him is that he has a foundation in which he might go out into the world following the Lord and he himself becomes a husband and a father someday.

And now as we both continue to move on into different phases of life beyond the raise up of our children, we realize that in this area we still have a living and growing marriage and family relationship. We have really begun to see that even as the kids move on out of the nest, that our marriage and family relationship is still continuing to grow!  And we are still learning from those things that the Lord God brings into our lives. Right now we are learning what it is like to have sons-in-law.

 

Understand it seems like only yesterday that our little girls were just babies! And now we are looking at new and growing aspects in our marriage and family relationship. And perhaps, if the lord is willing we will have some grandchildren, and who knows, perhaps Iíll write something about that someday.

 

And so beloved, I would like to say to all of you who have found that the road in the marriage and family relationship can often be a difficult one, as well as to those who are about to set off down it to remember that God as told us in His word, the scriptures, that He would never, no never, leave us nor forsake us! And that when you feel like you have been run over by the train of lifeís hard knocks that ďthis too shall pass.Ē And when it does please ask the Lord to teach you His ways in order that you might endure with it all with much patience.

 

What constitutes a marriage? Where did it come from? Whose idea was it anyway? Who established it? What is a family? And what do the scriptures have to say about family? Does a marriage between a man and a woman make a family? And why is it important to us to know the answer to these questions? The Lord willing we will take a careful and prayerful look at the answer to these critical questions.

 

I think that it is so very important that we as Primitive Baptists be well established and grounded with an intimate knowledge of what Godís instruction book, His holy scriptures, the Bible, have to say and to teach us about this subject. Why? Well there are three reasons: First, so that we will not find ourselves lost in this world of confusion and error in the matter. There are so many worldly ways being advanced by so many so-called experts on the subject. But these only leave us rudderless and without any sense of direction. Never knowing, nor understanding the well-being of a God designed, God blessed and God supported marriage and family relationship.

 

Second, so that we will know how we are to live and grow in our marriage and family relationships, as well as all other relationships in our lives here on earth. And in our growth be blessed with a real, vital and abundant life each and every day of our lives. One in which our children will be able to see and be blessed by the lord to have a foundation on which they too can build their own marriage and families.

 

Third, having this understanding will affect all of our other personal relationships in the here and now. We will be able to behave ourselves in such a way so as to bring honour and glory to God, and to the cause of Christ, and His dear Kingdom.

 

I will try to break this booklet down into several parts dealing with different aspects or ingredients of the marriage and family. First, the covenant of marriage, which is the foundation on which it stands: The covenant that God Almighty Himself established all the way back in the very beginning of time. This covenant has lasted down through the ages and still serves as a blessing to us personally, and to every nation that honors and uphold it.

 

And lastly, you husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, seek out someone in the Church Kingdom that you can share your thoughts, feelings and experiences  with: Someone who can help you to ďBear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of ChristĒ (Gal. 6:2). Pray for each other without ceasing! Take out time each day to remember one another before Godís wonderful throne of grace.

 

God bless all that love the truth in Christ. Amen