Doug Lowery spoke of the precious nature of marriage by comparing it to gold. There are five qualities required for our marriages to be golden:
- Each must remain true to their PROMISE. William Bennett attended a wedding where the groom and bride vowed to remain together “as long as love shall last.” Bennett said, “I sent paper plates as my wedding gift.” Marriage is as long as both shall live (Romans 7.1-3; 1 Corinthians 7.39).
- Each must remain PURE. Gross immorality is corrosive to marriage. Guard your eyes (Psalm 101.3; Job 31.1) and your heart (Proverbs 4.23).
- Each must remain PATIENT (1 Corinthians 13.4-8). Difficulties, disagreements, and differences refine dross from our marriages. We must be filled with the Spirit and manifest sacrificial love and longsuffering with one another. We must be patient and endure.
- Each must remain PASSIONATE (1 Corinthians 7.1-5). Sexual intimacy is a wonderful part of marriage. The Word of God calls it undefiled.
- Each must remain PLIABLE (Romans 8.29). Allow Christ to shape you into His image. Realize you cannot change your spouse. You must rely upon Spirit-filled, Word-filled change (PBPWM. GINFWMY. Do you remember what Doug said this acronym meant?