How Christians Understand Marriage

Marriage is a gift of God, intended for the joy and strength of those who enter it and for the well-being of the whole human family. In creation God blessed humankind with mutual companionship, the capacity to love, and the care and nurture of children. God’s faithfulness, enacted in the covenant with the people of Israel , is the promise in which marriage, too, is grounded. Jesus affirmed the covenant of marriage and, by the mystery of his self-giving, revealed the height and depth of love. Christian marriage is grounded in Christ. Even as the one Spirit holds the church of God in the bond of peace, so the Holy Spirit sustains those who are united in marriage, that as one they may be a living sign of God’s grace, love, forgiveness, and fidelity.  Because God is first faithful to us, we are able to be faithful to one another.