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At the time I am writing this article, I an about to perform a Wedding Service for a couple in our church.

It has made me think again how important marriage is, not just for the individuals involved, but for their children and the whole of society. Countless studies around the world have shown that, on average, married people are happier, live longer, and raise happier and healthier children who live more prosperous lives.

The Bible sets standards for marriage that are different from those of contemporary society. Marriage is to be a life-long union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others, Jesus was clear that only one reason was permitted for divorce and that was adultery.

If a person goes in to a marriage thinking that if it goes wrong they can walk away, then the chances are that is exactly what will happen.

When marriage is taken seriously, it gives great peace and security to families. It is awesome to know that there is one person in the world who has my back and will never abandon me, no matter what. When you are raising children, it gives them confidence to know that their parents will always be there for them.

The apostle Paul wrote that marriage was like the relationship between Jesus and the church. The faithfulness, commitment and deep love of a husband and wife is a physical sign of the deep love that Christ has for His people. When I recall that my wife and I are so deeply connected it is a reminder also that God would never abandon me.

If you are married, I encourage you to make a special effort today to show affection or gratitude to your spouse.