In reading The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant, I have especially enjoyed the parts where Grant talks about his relationship with President Lincoln. And within their interactions Grant recounts, I found particularly amusing the fact that Grant pledged to the President – amidst a statement of his general intentions for prosecuting the war against the Confederate armies – that he would endeavor to not annoy the president.
A little later, however, Grant moves on to trying to execute his plans for defeating the South in battle. And one thing he says he was trying to do with regards to the generals and armies of his enemy is annoy them.
So also with marriage, our goal ought to be to not unnecessarily annoy our spouse in the prosecution of our battles and wars, but to annoy our Enemy.
Biblical Marriage in a Nutshell
To briefly summarize And This Is Why We Got Married Pt. 1, God said it is not good for the man to be alone; so God made a helper suitable for Adam. And when we embrace what God says about gender, sexuality, marriage, and everything, rather than rebelling against what He says, we find that marriage is a very great blessing.
Ideally, marriage is an opportunity for men and women to learn to submit themselves to someone else’s needs and desires on a daily basis, as well as being an opportunity to be loved and served by someone else on a daily basis. And when we do that, we annoy the Devil, that Enemy of both God and our souls.
Before we get any further into that, though, let’s talk about singleness. In particular, let’s address the elephant in the room in what the Apostle Paul says in 1 Corinthians 7:1-16.
If we are going to have a Biblical attitude and mindset when it comes to marriage, we need also to examine singleness and divorce. And here in what Paul writes to the church at Corinth we have an opportunity to talk about all of the above. So let’s do that, shall we?
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