"For this cause a man shall leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and they shall become one flesh." - Genesis 2:24

Leave, Cleave, and One

One verse on marriage appears in the Bible three times. It must be important. It goes like this: “For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother and shall cleave to his wife; and the two shall become one flesh.” Let’s look at that:

Leave. When you get married, there needs to be an emotional withdrawal from parents and other meaningful relationships as you prioritize your spouse. Your spouse needs to be your closest friend.

Cleave. Marriage is a total commitment – a lifetime commitment. Without this commitment, divorce will often result.

One flesh. Sexual fulfillment is the result of a couple being best friends and totally committed to each other in a marital relationship. Otherwise, sex is second best. Sex is God’s idea, so trust Him on this.

Leave, plus cleave, equals one. This is God’s simple plan for a meaningful marriage.

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