Marriage

The following citations from the Bible and Science and Health With Key to the Scriptures were read during the June 17, 2009  Wednesday Testimony Meeting of First Church of Christ, Scientist, Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

The Bible

Matt 19:4-6 Have
Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,
5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?
6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder
I John 3:11
For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
I John 4:12-13 If we, 16-17 God is
If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.
13 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.
God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.
I Cor 7:2 let,3
let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.
3 Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband
Prov 31:10-12,23
10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.
Ruth 1:22 Naomi
22 Naomi returned, and Ruth the Moabitess, her daughter in law, with her, which returned out of the country of Moab: and they came to Bethlehem in the beginning of barley harvest.
Ruth 2:1-8
1 And Naomi had a kinsman of her husband's, a mighty man of wealth, of the family of Elimelech; and his name was Boaz.
2 And Ruth the Moabitess said unto Naomi, Let me now go to the field, and glean ears of corn after him in whose sight I shall find grace. And she said unto her, Go, my daughter.
3 And she went, and came, and gleaned in the field after the reapers: and her hap was to light on a part of the field belonging unto Boaz, who was of the kindred of Elimelech.
4  And, behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem, and said unto the reapers, The Lord be with you. And they answered him, The Lord bless thee.
5 Then said Boaz unto his servant that was set over the reapers, Whose damsel is this?
6 And the servant that was set over the reapers answered and said, It is the Moabitish damsel that came back with Naomi out of the country of Moab:
7 And she said, I pray you, let me glean and gather after the reapers among the sheaves: so she came, and hath continued even from the morning until now, that she tarried a little in the house.
8 Then said Boaz unto Ruth, Hearest thou not, my daughter? Go not to glean in another field, neither go from hence, but abide here fast by my maidens:
Ruth 3:11
11 And now, my daughter, fear not; I will do to thee all that thou requirest: for all the city of my people doth know that thou art a virtuous woman.
Ruth 4:13 (to :)
13 So Boaz took Ruth, and she was his wife:
Prov 12:4 (to :)
4 A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband:
Prov 20:7
7 The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.
Gen 24:2 Abraham (to 1st ,),4 thou,10,12-15, 16 (to 1st ,)
2 Abraham said unto his eldest servant of his house,
4 thou shalt go unto my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son Isaac.
10 And the servant took ten camels of the camels of his master, and departed; for all the goods of his master were in his hand: and he arose, and went to Mesopotamia, unto the city of Nahor.
12 And he said, O Lord God of my master Abraham, I pray thee, send me good speed this day, and shew kindness unto my master Abraham.
13 Behold, I stand here by the well of water; and the daughters of the men of the city come out to draw water:
14 And let it come to pass, that the damsel to whom I shall say, Let down thy pitcher, I pray thee, that I may drink; and she shall say, Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also: let the same be she that thou hast appointed for thy servant Isaac; and thereby shall I know that thou hast shewed kindness unto my master.
15 And it came to pass, before he had done speaking, that, behold, Rebekah came out, who was born to Bethuel, son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham's brother, with her pitcher upon her shoulder.
16 And the damsel was very fair to look upon,
Gen 24: 16 and she, 17-19,26,27,50 (to :),51,58,60 (to 1st ,)
16 and she went down to the well, and filled her pitcher, and came up.
17 And the servant ran to meet her, and said, Let me, I pray thee, drink a little water of thy pitcher.
18 And she said, Drink, my lord: and she hasted, and let down her pitcher upon her hand, and gave him drink.
19 And when she had done giving him drink, she said, I will draw water for thy camels also, until they have done drinking.
26 And the man bowed down his head, and worshipped the Lord.
27 And he said, Blessed be the Lord God of my master Abraham, who hath not left destitute my master of his mercy and his truth: I being in the way, the Lord led me to the house of my master's brethren.
50 Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, The thing proceedeth from the Lord:
51 Behold, Rebekah is before thee, take her, and go, and let her be thy master's son's wife, as the Lord hath spoken.
58 And they called Rebekah, and said unto her, Wilt thou go with this man? And she said, I will go
60 And they blessed Rebekah,
Gen 24:61-66,67 and (to 1st :)
61 And Rebekah arose, and her damsels, and they rode upon the camels, and followed the man: and the servant took Rebekah, and went his way.
62 And Isaac came from the way of the well Lahairoi; for he dwelt in the south country.
63 And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the eventide: and he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold, the camels were coming.
64 And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she lighted off the camel.
65 For she had said unto the servant, What man is this that walketh in the field to meet us? And the servant had said, It is my master: therefore she took a veil, and covered herself.
66 And the servant told Isaac all things that he had done.
Prov 28:20 (to :)
20 A faithful man shall abound with blessings:
Eph 5:33 let
33 let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.
I Thess 3:12,13
12 And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you:
13 To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints
Col 3:12-14
12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
I Cor 13:1-8 (to :),13
1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
8 Charity never faileth
13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

Phil 1:9-11
And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God. 

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures

65:26
a fixed fact among us, must lose its present slippery footing, and man must find permanence and peace in a more spiritual adherence. 

56:7
  Marriage is the legal and moral provision for generation among human kind.  Until the spiritual creation is discerned intact, is apprehended and understood, and His kingdom is come as in the vision of the Apocalypse,--where the corporeal sense of creation was cast out, and its spiritual sense was revealed from heaven,--marriage will continue, subject to such moral regulations as will secure increasing virtue. 

59:23
  After marriage, it is too late to grumble over incompatibility of disposition.  A mutual understanding should exist before this union and continue ever after, for deception is fatal to happiness. 

64:29-30
Honesty and virtue ensure the stability of the marriage covenant.

60:4-6,16-18

  Kindred tastes, motives, and aspirations are necessary to the formation of a happy and permanent companionship.

  Marriage should improve the human species, becoming a barrier against vice, a protection to woman, strength to man, and a centre for the affections.

S&H 64:17 (only)
  Marriage should signify a union of hearts.

582:14-20
  BRIDE.  Purity and innocence, conceiving man in the idea of God; a sense of Soul, which has spiritual bliss and enjoys but cannot suffer. 

  BRIDEGROOM.  Spiritual understanding; the pure consciousness that God, the divine Principle, creates man as His own spiritual idea, and that God is the only creative power.

517:8-10
The ideal man corresponds to creation, to intelligence, and to Truth.  The ideal woman corresponds to Life and to Love.

249:5-9

  Let the "male and female" of God's creating appear.  Let us feel the divine energy of Spirit, bringing us into newness of life and recognizing no mortal nor material power as able to destroy.  Let us rejoice that we are subject to the divine "powers that be."

57:4-14

  Union of the masculine and feminine qualities constitutes completeness.  The masculine mind reaches a higher tone through certain elements of the feminine, while the feminine mind gains courage and strength through masculine qualities.  These different elements conjoin naturally with each other, and their true harmony is in spiritual oneness.  Both sexes should be loving, pure, tender, and strong.  The attraction between native qualities will be perpetual only as it is pure and true, bringing sweet seasons of renewal like the returning spring.

124:20-21
  Adhesion, cohesion, and attraction are properties of Mind.

496:5
You will learn that in Christian Science the first duty is to obey God, to have one Mind, and to love another as yourself. 

572:6-8
"Love one another" (I John, iii. 23), is the most simple and profound counsel of the inspired writer.

65:7-8
  If the foundations of human affection are consistent with progress, they will be strong and enduring.

59:1,11

Matrimony should never be entered into without a full recognition of its enduring obligations on both sides.  There should be the most tender solicitude for each other's happiness, and mutual attention and approbation should wait on all the years of married life. 

Fulfilling the different demands of their united spheres, their sympathies should blend in sweet confidence and cheer, each partner sustaining the other,--thus hallowing the union of interests and affections, in which the heart finds peace and home. 

58:21,31-1
Home is the dearest spot on earth, and it should be the centre, though not the boundary, of the affections. 

  "She that is married careth . . . how she may please her husband," says the Bible; and this is the pleasantest thing to do.

59:17
  Tender words and unselfish care in what promotes the welfare and happiness of your wife will prove more salutary in prolonging her health and smiles than stolid indifference or jealousy.  Husbands, hear this and remember how slight a word or deed may renew the old trysting-times. 

58:16-21
The narrowness and jealousy, which would confine a wife or a husband forever within four walls, will not promote the sweet interchange of confidence and love; but on the other hand, a wandering desire for incessant amusement outside the home circle is a poor augury for the happiness of wedlock.

405:5-9
  Christian Science commands man to master the propensities,--to hold hatred in abeyance with kindness, to conquer lust with chastity, revenge with charity, and to overcome deceit with honesty.

503:24
God creates neither erring thought, mortal life, mutable truth, nor variable love. 

113:5-6
The vital part, the heart and soul of Christian Science, is Love.

516:12
Love, redolent with unselfishness, bathes all in beauty and light.  The grass beneath our feet silently exclaims, "The meek shall inherit the earth."  The modest arbutus sends her sweet breath to heaven.  The great rock gives shadow and shelter.  The sunlight glints from the church-dome, glances into the prison-cell, glides into the sick-chamber, brightens the flower, beautifies the landscape, blesses the earth.  Man, made in His likeness, possesses and reflects God's dominion over all the earth.  Man and woman as coexistent and eternal with God forever reflect, in glorified quality, the infinite Father-Mother God. 

280:4-6
From Love and from the light and harmony which are the abode of Spirit, only reflections of good can come.

201:9

Passions, selfishness, false appetites, hatred, fear, all sensuality, yield to spirituality, and the superabundance of being is on the side of God, good. 

248:3 (only)
  Love never loses sight of loveliness.

510:18-19
Love alone can impart the limitless idea of infinite Mind.

454:18-18
Love inspires,

17:7 Love
Love is reflected in love;

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from
    evil;
  And God leadeth us not into temptation, but delivereth
    us from sin, disease, and death.

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the
    glory, forever. 

65:3
May Christ, Truth, be present at every bridal altar to turn the water into wine and to give to human life an inspiration by which man's spiritual and eternal existence may be discerned. 

 

Previous Wednesday Readings

Dare to be a Samuel, a Solomon, a Daniel (6-17-09)
God's Infinite Resources (5-27-09)

 

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