Marriage is a wonderful blessing and gift from God.  It is an expression of a man and woman’s love for each other that mirrors God’s love for each and every-one of us.  This is not a love based on emotion and physical attraction, based on a selfish attitude of what can be received from the relationship but is a love which loves the spouse for who they are.

Marriage expresses a love that is freely given, that involves not only the physical but the whole person, heart, mind, soul and strength.  It is a love that is not self-serving, but is instead sacrificial, always seeking the highest good of their spouse, and is freely given, unmerited and unconditional.

In marriage, husband and wife begin a new life together.  The bible says that a man will leave his mother and father and be united to his wife, becoming one flesh.  There is a joining, a cleaving, a uniting of two as they become one couple, both with their individual traits and personalities respected.