Husband and wife share eternal
salvation in Christ together.
Husband and wife are one in
spirit, sharing the same Lord, faith, and Word.
By the grace of God in Christ
the fruits of the Spirit will fill the husband's and wife's heart
and make their marriage a blessed relationship governed by love,
joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
gentleness, and self-control.
By the Word of Christ both the
husband and wife will be guided to fulfill their marital role and
duties for each other. Their marriage will then be patterned
after the perfect marital relationship God designed.
With the love of Christ ruling
the husband's and wife's heart each will love the other according
to God's commandments. This loving behavior toward one another
will keep their sins against one another to a minimum and
preserve their mutually pleasant marital relationship.
When both the husband and wife
are committed to following Christ and his Word, both will be
committed to preserving their marriage, to making it the best it
can be for one another, to working through whatever marital
problems might arise between them, to forgiving one another's
sins, and to being reconciled as dear friends.
Being one in spirit in Christ
and his Word, the husband and wife will agree on how to raise and
train their children in the Lord and in the atmosphere of a
Upon the death of either spouse,
the survivor has the comfort of knowing his or her loved one is
with the Lord in heaven.