Build A Union That’s Christ Centered, Anglican Priest Advises Married Couples
By Our Reporter
Newly married couples have been enjoined to make Lord Jesus Christ their first love, and everything they need in order to build a strong marriage.
Rev’d Chukwuka Ora who touched on the five pillars of a healthy christian marriage which include love, trust, respect, understanding and faith, in his sermon captioned “building a strong marriage” with the text drawn from the Bible books of Ephesians 5 verse 22–33 and Psalm 127 verse 3 during a wedding ceremony between Rev’d Nnamdi and Evangel Nwachukwu at the Stephen’s cathedral, Umuahia, also enjoined them to pray together, make decisions together, share their dreams and devote time to their faith.
He maintained that the key to building a strong Christian marriage entailed keeping the union Christ-centered, adding that applying biblical principles to marriage will give married couples a stronger foundation than those of the unbelieving friends and neighbours.
He pointed out that making marriage work is not an easy task but it helps when couples understand God’s intention for marriages and families.
He advised the couple not to copy anybody but to look unto Jesus Christ for a strong relationship, pointing out that marriage built in Christ brings glory and peace but without Christ in the center there will be a lot of crisis.
Rev’d Ora enjoined the couple to love one another as it is only love that will make their relationship to stand the test of time as written in 1st Corinthians chapter 13.
He went further to advice the groom to love the wife as it is only love brings submission from the wife, adding that the the husband should respect, be patient, package the wife well by so doing she will always be there for him.
He also reminded the couple that love does not keep wrath and malice and should avoid third party in their issues.
Similarly, the Vicar Christ the King Anglican Communion Ugba Parish Umuahia, Rev’d Victor Irokwe has pointed out that most people prepare for wedding without preparing for marriage.
Rev’d Irokwe made the statement during a wedding of erstwhile Youth leader, Bro Sunday and Sister Nneka Ebuzor at the Christ the King Anglican Church Ugba. He advised the couple to see themselves as brother, sister and friend, always control their temperament, tolerate each other and make Christ the center in their to avoid crisis.
Highlight was the tieing of the nuptial knots by the couples which was performed by the Bishop of the Diocese of Umuahia Anglican Communion, His lordship, Bishop Geoffrey Obijuru Ibeabuchi witnessed by the house of clergy and couples families.