Three Purposes for Marriage

A wise author wrote "What if the purpose of marriage was not to make you happy, but to make you holy?".

Scores of people marry out of pure selfishness. They want someone to love them. They want a beautiful wedding, children and well....happiness. Most people will tell you that those are not bad goals, but are they God's goals? Why did God invent marriage in the first place? Was it for our happiness, our growth, His glory? I would venture to say that the answer to all of those is "Yes"!

Our Happiness
The Song of Solomon hints to the happy parts of marriage. A man is to rejoice with the wife of his youth. (Proverbs 5:18, kjv) Sounds happy to me. The word happy also means "blessed" in Hebrew. Marriage is a holy union that makes the Lord happy. Our holiness is His happiness. Our happiness in marriage makes God smile :)

Our Calling
Marriage changes a person. It is a call from the Lord that some will answer and others will not. The Apostle Paul declared that he believed that singleness was an easier road, but in 1 Corinthians 7:17-24 he also encourages men and women to remain in their "calling". If you are married, stay that way. If you are single you are best in that state unless you cannot contain. Get married.

Not everyone is called to marriage, but most people are.

His Glory
Marriage is a picture of Christ and His Church (Ephesians 5:22-28, kjv). When we get married and stay married, we get to reflect a spiritual concept in a physical, human way. God is pleased when a man finds a good thing because He has already let us know that it is not good that man should be alone. Something about that is incomplete and does not fully glorify God. Marriage does!

Prayer: Lord, make me content in the state that I am currently in. Help me to fulfill my purpose and bring glory to You in Jesus name I pray, Amen.

Action: Read all of Ephesians 5 and highlight the verse that pertain to you in your current state.


  1. Thank you for sharing your views and purposes of marriage.

  2. Thank you for sharing this post and providing the scriptural references!

    1. You are very welcome. Scripture is so imperative to guide our thinking. It is the only firm foundation!


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