Some cultures today practice the custom of arranged marriages. It’s much different than our modern American culture.
Either is acceptable to God. But know this: God has arranged a marriage that outshines, outloves, and outlives any other marriage or marital status (single, divorced, widowed, married, or remarried).
God chose all believers to be his own bride. He chose us even though our sins make us unattractive. He knew he was “marrying down” but also knew that this marriage would change us, transform us, and not just make us a bit better but holy!
The Bible refers to believers as the bride and Jesus as the groom. Jesus “gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless” (Ephesians 5:25-27).
She glows. People stand when she enters the room. She walks elegantly down the aisle, and all eyes are on her stunning beauty.
That’s you and all believers. No matter what your marital status on this earth, you have the best marital status as the bride of Christ.
Dear God, yes! I approve your arranged marriage. I love Jesus, the perfect Groom who loves even me. I can glow in holy beauty. I am elegant in his grace. I can face today believing that you already approve of me and Jesus is fully committed to me. Amen.