“Did he not make them one, with a portion of the Spirit in their union?” (Malachi 2.15 ESV).
A marriage is more than simply a contract; it is a covenant that stands not only before our government but also before God. It is beyond our understanding what happens when a man and a woman say the words, “I do,” but we do know that God now considers the two unique individuals as one entity. Each person—male and female—are now bonded in a supernatural metamorphosis that unites them into one flesh. God’s Spirit testifies to their union, being the bonding agent that joins them together. The significance of being one flesh can be mind-boggling when considering our treatment of our spouse. We literally hurt ourselves and damage our lives when we dishonor, abuse and loathe our spouse. And if we don’t keep the eyes of our marriage on God, we can twist and turn our marriage out of His grip. But nothing is ever hopeless. Because of Christ, we can have the resurrection power of Jesus in our relationships, restoring even the sickest areas of our marriage. But we must remember that we are in a covenant marriage with the Spirit of God binding us. When we feel like our marriage is being torn apart, we can turn our hearts back to God. Only He can resurrect what seems dead and find what feels lost.
“That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh” (Genesis 2.24 NIV).