I heard the story of a father and mother whose daughter was about to get married. They purchased a very expensive piece of 100% cotton stationery. They hired a calligrapher to put the vows on the sheet in permanent ink.
Finally, it was the day of the wedding. In the middle of the ceremony after the young couple said their vows to one another, the minister turned to the audience and said, "John and Amy would like to invite you to witness their covenant and to sign your name on this covenant. By doing so, you pledge to pray for them and to hold them accountable."
People stood in line to sign this document. One person standing in line was heard to say, "Man, they’re really serious about this, aren’t they?"
There is something serious about marriage as covenant or promise. Marriage may be about falling in love, romance, or even the joy of discovering your life-partner. Ultimately, however, a marriage is a covenant that two people, two friends, make with one another. They make a promise to one another and to God. Such a promise made and kept brings such honor to God and to marriage itself.
"Marriage should be honored by all…" (Hebrews 1:4).
(Note: I am not sure about the source of the story in this post. I may have heard this from someone or may have even read it somewhere.)
How do men and women bring honor to their marriages? What should a person know about the importance of such honor prior to marriage? What has been helpful in your own marriage as you think about the honor of your own marriage?