What does it mean to have a Magnificent Marriage?
When looking for a title for my eGuide “You Can Have a Magnificent Marriage… 3 Steps You Must Do Before You Can Reconnect and Reignite Your Relationship”, I took the first idea that came to me. I don’t question these ideas, I just look it up to see what they mean and why God has given it to me.
Definition of Magnificent Marriage
The word magnificent came into use in the 15th century. Its archaic use at that time was in titles of rulers and great men meaning exalted in rank or in great deeds. It comes from Latin roots and now commonly means great or sumptuous in stature and adornment or lavishness, strikingly beautiful or impressive.
I found other meanings which apply more to using the word to describe a Godly marriage.
All of the definitions and synonyms and antonyms are found at http://www.thefreedictionary.com/magnificent
I particularly like grand or noble in thought or accomplishment; exalted. Also outstanding of its kind; excellent and (especially of ideas) noble or elevated. Impressive to the mind or spirit (sublime) and exceptionally fine are included.
There are many synonyms listed but the ones I resonated with are celestial, divine and heavenly.
The antonyms are all about ordinariness like modest or poor or even less.
Here are my favorite synonyms.
Far beyond what is usual, normal, or customary:
exceptional, extraordinary, outstanding, preeminent, rare, remarkable, singular, towering, uncommon, unusual.
Slang: awesome, out of sight.
What Makes it a Magnificent Marriage?
For a marriage to be truly magnificent, it will need to magnify God’s plan for marriage and magnify God in your marriage.
Magnify God’s Plan for Marriage
A magnificent marriage will need to be built on God’s plan for marriage and not what the world has come to believe marriage to be. God has laid the foundation for marriage to follow the pattern Christ established in laying down His life for His bride, the church. Ephesians 5: 21-33
Wow, if men could love and cherish their wives in this manner, women would certainly find it easy to follow them. On the other hand, if women would respect their husbands, I bet husbands would find it easier to cherish their wives.
I found a book entitled “Sacred Marriage” by Gary Thomas, which seems to be saying what I am believing. His question is what if marriage is designed to make us Holy more than Happy.
We certainly need forgiveness, love, respect, perseverance and I would add joy even when it seems out of place. Embracing difficulties to build character, serving selflessly and being available to our spouses are all Christ-like qualities.
It’s the tough times and the struggles that make our marriages stronger if we don’t give in to the idea that all should be love and romance or the marriage is over. There will be times in every marriage that refine our character.
God tells us we will be stronger together than alone. He has designed a beautiful partnership that can strengthen each one in the marriage.
I am not talking about abuse, of course. If your partner is unwilling to change abusive behaviour, you will need to get out of harm’s way. Every circumstance is different and he may come around with God’s help or he may not. The important thing is to be safe. God will guide you if you are in tune with Him.
Magnify God in our Marriage
When God is given the glory for your success in marriage and for keeping you together through the storms of life, others can see what God is doing. The fruits of the Spirit are needed to keep a marriage magnificent. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
The same fruits of the Spirit are what people can see of your faith in God. In your life and in your marriage you are a testimony of God.
Is a Magnificent Marriage Perfect?
It would be if we could be Christ-like at all times. However, the two people within it are human and not perfect. We strive for perfection but we usually fall very short.
I’ve been jokingly trying to tell my husband I’m perfect for over 20 years but for some reason, he doesn’t believe me. My mom-in-law overheard once and nearly died laughing. Not sure how to take that. I know I can say with assurance that I am not perfect but forgiven. Click To Tweet
As we forgive, love, respect and persevere through our marriages, there will be tough times when we forget and when we walk further from God than we should.
If we look to God for guidance and stay in close relationship with Him, we have a better chance at creating our own Magnificent Marriage to glorify God. You can get your own copy of the first 3 Steps You Must Do Before You Can Reconnect and Reignite Your Relationship.
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