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“For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh” (Ephesians 5:31).

Three times this is said in Scripture.  This is how the Lord intends us to live our lives.  Contrast this with how the world resists this simple instruction.  Husbands and wives are to an unbreakable bond that lasts a lifetime.  This is what the Lord has always intended.

Lord, teach me to be a person of my word.  Teach me to learn that love is not how I feel, but the reality of the promises I keep and the concern and care I give to another.  Lead me Lord to know what these things mean and then to do them.  Guide me Lord in the way You would have me go and lead me to love, learning to love as You love.  In all things, may Your light shine through me.

Lord Jesus, You also spoke these words to Your disciples.  You have also taught us that we are not to go halfway in our commitments, but to live committed to doing things the Father’s way, in season and out of season.  Lead me Lord to learn what faithfulness is and to learn the deeper level of love.  Guide me to leave and cleave.  Guide me to grow deep in this faith You have given me.  Amen.