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God has given us a user's manual for how to have a

successful relationship. A user's manual for how to live your life, and it's called the bible. And so

we need to go back to what God says in his word because he tells us how to have a

marriage that will last a lifetime.

To have a successful marriage two things must happen there must be a leaving and a cleaving. Remember that statement in the book of genesis

For this cause shall a

man leave his father and mother and be joined unto his wife and the two shall become one flesh. Then

we read later and God called their name Adam so God saw

Adam and Eve as one person and when a man and a woman come together in marriage

They become one flesh in the sight of God so now

what you want to do is leave and cleave

And that's something to do for the rest of your life first you leave leave

what you leave all other relationships and by that I mean

I'm not saying you're no longer a

son or a daughter to your parents or a sibling but I'm saying now there's a number one relationship in your life

And that number one relationship

is that with your spouse whose bone of your bones and flesh of your flesh so I leave all other

relationships and I make this my number one priority

second only to my relationship with God. Does that make sense

Number two there is a cleaving now the word cleave, means to be permanently glued together

Actually the word implies there'll be irreparable damage if the two are separated so it doesn't mean i'm

stuck to that person

But I'm glued to that person, big difference. In other words I'm holding on to the person so I leave other

relationships I'm holding on to my wife or to my

husband

Ephesians, chapter 5 verse 31

For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother

And be joined to his wife and the two shall become one flesh

This is a great mystery but I speak concerning Christ and the church

Nevertheless lead each one of you in particular love his own wife as himself and the wife see that she respects

her husband. So much I can say, let me just riff for a moment on those statements. If you would just do that

It would transform your marriage do what

Love your wife as Christ loves the church

If you would just do that, by the way that's a tall order

Men are the initiators

Men need to take point

Men need to lead spiritually and men need

to love their wife as Jesus loves his

Church, putting her needs above his own. You girls are saying you you preach it to my husband Greg

Yeah, but girls what does it say to you. Wives respect your husband

Respect him, isn't it interesting that it says respect

him should you not love him, yes you're told to do that elsewhere but in particular it says respect

Women need love, men need respect

That's not to say women don't need respect

And men don't need love but it is to say this passage says husbands love your wives and it says wives respect

your husband. Are you respecting your husband girls

Don't ever tear your husband down in front of other people

Denigrate him, make him the brunt of a joke

When's the last time you thanked him for what he does for you the sacrifices he makes for you. And how are

we to love our wives men. Were to love her as Christ loves the church. And how did Christ show

His love for the church. He died on the cross for the church, he died on the cross for the world.

He died on the cross for all of humanity

No greater love do we have than this and a man lay down his life for his friends and Jesus laid

His life down for us and he sacrificed his life for us so we could come into a relationship

with him and we could be forgiven of all of our sin. You know it's an amazing thing of all of the

illustrations God could have given us

to show his love for humanity and to show how people who believe love him he chose marriage

Love your wife as Christ loved the church so Jesus is effectively saying hey

world that doesn't believe check this out you see the way that christian husband loves his wife that's how

much I love my church look at that example. And then he says, hey

people look at that lady there that married woman. You see how much he loves her husband that's how

much my church loves me. That's why it's so important to keep our marriages together because it's a powerful witness to a lost world