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A couple considering marriage first should understand the depth and scope of this commitment. They should not to jump into it without prayer and guidance.
God desires a marriage to be a lifelong commitment, not something you walk away from like a temporary arrangement. In the Bible the book of Mark 10:7-9 says this about marriage: “This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one. Since they are no longer two but one, let no one split apart what God has joined together.”
The man and the woman should have a very a clear understanding of the person they are considering to marry before becoming engaged. Christian couples should not partner with and live in harmony with unbelievers according to the Bible in 2 Corinthians 6:14-15 it reads: “Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness? What harmony can there be between Christ and the devil? How can a believer be a partner with an unbeliever?”
So a Christian man or woman teaming up with an unbeliever almost guarantees that they will be pulled away from Christ because, as the Bible says, in 1 Corinthians 15:33"…bad company corrupts good character" The only way to have a Christ centered, stable foundation for a marriage is to be firmly grounded in one's faith and make sure that their potential partner for marriage is equally grounded and dedicated to God.
Christian men and woman should live their lives with God in the center of all that they do. God loves us and He wants to be a part of all aspects of our lives, including the person we may marry. Gaining an understanding of God's Word and developing a personal relationship with Him through prayer, bible reading and yielding to the Holy Spirit for guidance is the first and most important step in determining His will for us. The advice of the world on dating and engagement should only be considered based on God's truths in the bible scriptures. Refer to Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.
Scripture References are from the New Living Translation (NLT)
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