In my Mum’s diary are many stories and penned down thoughts. Stories and lessons learned from over five decades on earth and over thirty years of marriage. I believe these stories would be of immense blessing to you as it was to me. Join me as I unfold yet another story from my mother’s archive.
I’ve often wondered why there are so many problems in Christian marriages, and some sadly end in separation. As the preacher mentioned in Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their labour; should one fall the other will help him up. A vital addition to the strength of a Christian marriage is God. God is the third cord that can never be broken.
I pondered on this for a long while, until I understood that the scripture didn’t say a threefold cord cannot be broken but that a threefold cord cannot be easily broken.
In a twofold cord, both cords intertwine with each other to bring synergy for a stronger and more effective bond. Once one of the cord begins to disentangle from the other, the bond becomes weak and the purpose/ function it was created for becomes defeated. In the case of a threefold cord, the third cord guides & fortifies the other two cords as they individually and collectively intertwine and connect with the third cord.
A husband and his wife are considered to be the two cords and God the third cord. The strength of their union depends on the ability of each cord to individually connect and intertwine in constant fellowship with God; guided by his word and his Spirit. The moment one of the two cords begin to disconnect from God, it becomes a weak end, which affects the other cord and therefore the fold (marriage) becomes vulnerable to the enemy’s attack.
In the early years of our marriage, I was overwhelmed with the challenges and I considered quitting. I was in the kitchen cooking when I heard the voice of God speak to me ‘What God has joined together let no man put asunder, not even you!’ I was strengthened. More than three decades after, the third cord has been our help, strength, and wisdom. If I was not personally intertwined with God, the third cord, it will be a matter of time before I begin to disengage from my husband.
Another important virtue the cords must possess is its flexibility to intertwine with the other. ‘Be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).’ Ephesians 5:21 AMPC
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