“Marriage is to be held in honor among all, and the marriage bed is to be undefiled; for fornicators and adulterers God will judge.” Hebrews 13:4
To say that marriage matters to God is a tremendous understatement. He established marriage as a covenant relationship in the Garden of Eden. Jesus performed His first miracle at a wedding ceremony. And the Apostle Paul used marriage to describe the relationship between Christ and the Church. So, it’s fitting that the writer of Hebrews includes marriage among practical ways to live out our faith. Today we’ll consider the question, “Do your views about marriage reflect your faith?”
The first part of Hebrews 13:4 tells us to honor the institution of marriage. Honor begins by respecting God’s design…one man and one woman for a lifetime. Many people contend that a certificate won’t increase their commitment to one another. For believers, however, marriage vows are more than promises. It is a covenant relationship, reflecting God’s covenant with us. It’s often strong faith that helps a couple navigate difficult days. That’s why a believer should only marry another believer (2 Corinthians 6:14).
Today’s verse also instructs us to guard sexual intimacy within marriage. Being a faithful spouse is the foundation to fulfilling our marriage vows. This not only includes physical acts, but our thoughts and emotions as well. Also keep in mind that the purity of marriage begins long before vows are taken. Experiencing sex before marriage cheapens what God intended. Single believers live out their faith by choosing to abstain from sexual activity.
The fact that God promises to judge those who practice sexual immorality shows the value He places on marital intimacy. This exclusive relationship illustrates the purity Jesus expects in His bride, the Church (Ephesians 5:22-33). You might think it’s too late. Maybe your marriage has suffered from infidelity, or you’ve strayed into promiscuity. Well, God also forgives and restores (John 4:7-30; 8:1-11). No person is beyond His reach and no marriage is too far gone for His help.
So, do your views about marriage reflect your faith? Will you choose to live out your faith by remembering that your God-given sexuality is sacred? The world’s view of sex is nothing more than a cheap imitation of God’s creation. When we value marriage as God does, and guard our sexuality, then we’ll enjoy sex the way God intended.