My name is NTAKIRUTIMANA Alice, a student in UNIVERSITY OF RWANDA, Nyagatare campus, College of business and economics, school of Economics, Member of GBU UR-Nyagatare. I was so expectant for the seminar: ‘BIBLICAL VIEW ON MARRIAGE’, so curious to know what God’s word (the Bible) says about marriage and I thank God I have learnt a lot.
It was facilitated by the new general secretary of GBUR during the sunday service of the 4th December. He started in Genesis chapter 2 and 3 showing how God is the founder of marriage, how God made a fit helper for Adam by taking one of his ribs and made it a woman and brought her to the man for becoming one flesh(in Genesis 2),then in chapter 3 we saw on the fall of man ,how the sin came into man’s life and how it’s the reason of each and every problem on the earth and in marriage(divorces,conflicts,…) John 10>10,the thief comes only to steal,kill, and destroy . I came so that they may have life and have it abundantly. Here there is something which is impacting me,the thief is the devil and the devil from the beginning working in serpent form(Genesis 3>1_5). I have come to understand that you can not get engaged in marriage once you have not received Christ Jesus as your lord and savior because is he who came so that we may have life(Ephesians 2>1) and have it abundantly and in its abundance there is also a good and successful marriage, so ,it’s really helped and gave me hope that because Christ is my lord and savior, it’s a good beginning,the foundation that I will have a successful marriage and only for God’s glory.
I have come to understand that it is also better to seek and know the will of God in your life to be in a right place. Also I discovered how much is so needed to be mature enough and it challenged me and I thank God i came to know this before. It helped me understand the time I will be ready for taking a decision about getting engaged and getting married and its directly proportional with spirital growth, and I remember that we used a scripture in 1corinthians 6>14 describing how we arethe temple of Living God and how God want our parners to be(what partnership has light with darkness), I have seen how successful marriage requires those who are about to share their lives togethe being on spirit and most especially fellowship with God, this is very serious because we have seen that when one of the partners is not saved truly or changed (he or she pretend),it would be the main obstacle that marriage will be successful, so this spiritual growth really pointed me the right way of choosing my life partner.it is also connected with growth in soul where sentiments and emotions are,where people with broken hearts because of histories are healed by only the word of God after being saved by Christ’s blood. This growth of soul rally changed me and implies to me that I still need this maturity,draw near to God because there is no other place where I can find this but in the word of God(Bible) , John 8>32,you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.
Colossians 3>23, this scripture made me understand the motivation of everything I do. The motivation of everything will be the glory of God,that is the right motivation of marriage, a marriage which will glorify God because that is the main goal of marriage and we will do it because of God not men.
Briefly,in this seminar,biblicalview on marriage, I was highly challenged and I learnt much but first is that in Christ there is an abundant life, the maturity level needed to get engaged in spirit and soul, and the main reason is only for God’s glory. I learnt also how in choosing my life partner I should concentrate on trusting God’s choice for me(proverbs 3>5_6,trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understandig,……………….) and also I will wait and trust patiently in the Lord for he is faithfull.
To God be the glory forever and ever ,amen