George W. Bush said the biggest impression that his father left on his life is that his father loved his mother fiercely and was deeply dedicated to her. My youngest son wrote to my husband just a few weeks ago how thankful he was and how much it impacted him to see how much Ken loved me through all of my years of pain and suffering. My son wants to love his wife in the same way.
Children growing up with parents who love each other is like growing up with a warm, security blanket over their lives. It produces secure and stable adults. The world is a big, scary place but a home with a mother and father who are faithful to each other until death do they part is the greatest gift parents can give to their children.
I am heartbroken over this generation. They throw away marriages as if they are meaningless. Their “happiness” is greater than the love and security of their children. They try to convince me that divorce percentages are down but it’s only down because couples today are living together instead of getting married or not pursuing a relationship at all. They can easily get “free” sex so many don’t see the benefit to marriage and most had no example of loving and committed parents.
The ideal for any healthy culture to be built upon is to have loving husbands and wives bearing and raising children. Just because some of you are single or are single mothers and have found fulfilling lives without marriage doesn’t negate this truth. God created man to need a help meet then told them to be fruitful and multiply. He has never taken away this command. All nations who have tried to limit child birth or are simply not having children are in danger of extinction.
The Bible tells us that people who have turned away from God will become “covenantbreakers” (Romans 13:1). Let this not be said of any of us! You can never truly love your husband if you have a negative and critical attitude towards him. Love your husband as God commands you to love him in 1 Corinthians 13. Make the major thing (loving your husband) the major thing in your life. This is the greatest gift you will give your children and will not only bless your children but your grandchildren and great-grandchildren, too.
We made a decision before marriage that divorce would never be an option for us and we have kept our covenant before God. No, it’s not always easy but nothing worth having is ever easy. Bearing and raising up godly offspring (disciples for Jesus) isn’t easy either but one of the most fulfilling things we can do in this brief life with the greatest rewards.
Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.