Just yesterday I had the privilege of serving at the wedding of a young couple in our church. We’ve been meeting for several months as they have made their way through the five counseling sessions that are required. We’ve been talking about important topics that will affect their relationship, making plans for their big day, and reading lots of Scripture to give them guidance as they try and maneuver the minefield of marriage. I always tell young couples that being married is the greatest joy that I have ever known, but that it is also the most difficult thing that Connie and I have ever done. It is enough to have to try and adjust to living with someone who does things differently than you, putting someone else’s needs above your own, and not getting what you want when you want it, but when you add in all of the other potential pitfalls that husbands and wives face in daily life then you can easily understand how I can talk about maneuvering the minefield of marriage. I could spend all of our time this morning talking about the various hidden mines that can potentially destroy a marriage, but our Scripture from Hebrews this morning draws our attention to most deadly. Won’t you read with me from Hebrews 13:4.
4Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. (Hebrews 13:4 NIV)