Should you get married or simply live together?
Recently, I heard a conversation between two people who really got my attention. The first person said, “I know people who have to live together because they can’t afford to marry. They would lose their benefits. This is especially true of seniors.” The other person said, “Yes, I know! Carl and I couldn’t afford to be together if we got married. And, there are going to be a LOT more people living together because of the economy.”
I sat and listened and am sorry to say didn’t speak up. I should have said, “But, they are living in sin! Is it better to live in sin than to please God?”
Gen 2:24 NASB
For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.
God cannot bless these kinds of relationships. People wonder why they have so many problems and a lot of it is because they are thumbing their noses at God.
Many couples today are living together. They have children and when they tire of each other they think they can move on. This is not how God planned our relationships.
Several years ago my friend and I fell in love with each other and wanted to marry. We had to count the cost. For me it meant that I would lose my disability payments along with medical coverage. That was a big deal! For him it meant he would have to take on more responsibilities and provide for the two of us. He was retired at the time and would have to go back to work.
We talked to others about our situation, and I was shocked to learn that even Christians told us that we should move in together. “Other Christians are doing the same thing,” they said. ”God understands.” Does He? He ordained marriage and it is to be the norm. When we live together we live in sin and are out of God’s will.
Mat 19:4-6 NASB And He answered and said, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE, (5) and said, ‘FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH’? (6) “So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.”
Jesus himself said these words, and the parts in all caps are taken right from Genesis 2:24. Way back in the beginning God ordained marriage.
We prayed about our situation and came to the conclusion that God wanted us to marry. That was His will. We weren’t going to entertain anything else. We thought about my husband’s children and grandchildren. What kind of testimony would it be if we lived together? Could we expect more from them down the road?
Then, we counted the cost financially. We came up short. We would not have enough money to manage our marriage. Finally, we decided we would follow God’s will and get married anyway. We didn’t care if some of our friends thought we were crazy getting married at our age. We would trust God with the rest. We wanted to do things right!
God came through for us. He didn’t let us down. He blessed us with enough money to meet our needs and more. He blessed our marriage in so many ways and gave us peace knowing we did the right thing.
How could God have blessed us if we had decided just to live together? He couldn’t, because it would have gone against His will. There are consequences to sin.
I don’t know your situation, but if you are at this blog site it’s most likely because you have anxiety and/or panic attacks. If so, and you are in a relationship where you are living with someone of the opposite sex, then you need to repent and either get out of that relationship, or get married. If you are a Christian, God cannot bless you if you are living in sin. He wants you to get right with Him. If you are experiencing panic attacks or extreme anxiety or depression perhaps God has allowed this to get your attention. God loves us and wants the very best for us. Would you want your child doing things that were against your will for them? God wants us to obey His word, and when we don’t He disciplines us just as a loving father disciplines his children.
Do you realize that a sexual relationship outside of marriage is sinful? In the Bible it is called immorality.
1Th 4:3 NASB
For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality;
Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body.
I don’t know you, if you are young or older, but if you are considering living together instead of getting married please reconsider and look into the Word for direction. Living together may seem to be an acceptable lifestyle in our society, but it isn’t with God. You will be blessed if you follow God.
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