By Steve Higginbotham
You’ve probably heard the story about the young man
who wouldn’t marry unless the girl he picked to marry had the approval of his
mother. This young man would bring home girl after girl to meet his
mother, only to have his mother disapprove. After several years of
trying, this young man finally found a girl his mother just absolutely
adored! In fact, she was just like his mother. Now the only problem
is, his father doesn’t like her.
In a time when marriage is being assaulted on so many
fronts (e.g. co-habitation, homosexual marriage, divorce, adultery, etc.) what
is needed more than anything is for men and woman to return to the time tested
and proven pattern that God gave us for marriage. While volume after
volume can be written, giving instructions as to how to have a happy marriage,
God had a way to sum it up in a few short principles.
· Do unto others as you would have
them do unto you (Matthew 7:12).
· Husbands, love your wives as Christ
loved the church and as you love your own body (Ephesians 5:25,28).
· Wives, submit to your husbands as
unto the Lord (Ephesians 5:23).
· It is more blessed to give than to
receive (Acts 20:35).
Observing just these four principles alone would
eliminate most of the marital problems that people face today. Friends,
the key to a better marriage is a better relationship with God. Happy
- Steve Higginbotham preaches for the Karns Church of Christ in Knoxville, TN.
He may be contacted through the congregation's website at