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For Worse, For Poorer, and in Sickness

wedding-ringFor Worse, For Poorer, and in Sickness

Everyone has heard the wedding vows with the following words, ” . . . for better or for worse; for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, . . . till death do us part” at some point in their life. These words bring a lifelong commitment to one’s spouse regardless of the circumstances or situations you will face.

Most everyone can do “for better, for richer, and in health”. Unfortunately, the easy and good times really don’t reflect our commitment level to God or our spouse.  There may be no testing during these scenarios and for some people, it doesn’t reveal their true character and heart. It’s during the times of “for worse, for poorer, and in sickness” when we learn whether or not the words spoken on the wedding day will be true. During the rough times, in the storms of life, will the words that were spoken on the wedding day be tested and our hearts exposed. Difficult times will reveal where the heart is in commitment to God and your spouse. It’s unfortunate when there is a fair weather spouse. Most marriages probably end for frivolous unbiblical reasons, which usually means a spouse quit because they weren’t getting what they wanted out of the marriage. The problem with this type of thinking is that marriage wasn’t meant to serve you or to see what you could gain from it.

When wedding vows are spoken, you are making a commitment to be faithful and to be there no matter the circumstances. Jesus stated in Matthew 19: 6 (NIV), “Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate,” in reference to making a marriage covenant. This implies that circumstances are irrelevant to marriage vows that were sworn. God didn’t mince words when it comes to marriage vows. He states that it is for life and that only death should be the apparatus of separating spouses. What’s the purpose behind God’s ideal for marriage. He is wanting us to be like Him by being faithful and offering unconditional love to your spouse.

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