What does it mean to cohabit?
To cohabit means to live together as husband and wife without legal or religious sanction.
Many singles have asked if it is wrong to move in with someone who you really love and will end up getting married to. Some have mentioned that they believe living together will help them know if they are truly compatible or not, they live together as a test to their potential marital success or failure in order to make the best decision.
I KNOW THIS IS A SORE SUBJECT IN SOME QUARTERS, BUT THE TRUTH ACCORDING TO GOD’S WORD SHOULD GUIDE OUR DECISIONS.
I believe we should all be law abiding citizens because God requires it from us, I believe we should take even more seriously the laws that also reflect God’s commands.
Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and shall become united and cleave to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
God says a man should leave and cleave to His wife, not wife to be…God is the creator of man and marriage, so His commands concerning marriage should be adhered to if we really want His blessing on our marriage.
The only criterion for leaving together as man and wife is when God and the legal authority governing our country have sanctioned it.
Marriage is not like any other relationship, it is sealed with a covenant and when you begin living as man and wife and engage in sexual acts. In sex there is an exchange of blood, a covenant is endorsed by blood, sex outside marriage enacts a wrong covenant, it is an act of disobedience and is not pleasing to God.
Also, marriage is too sacred a union for trial and error, for those who cohabit to see if it will work, if it does not work then what? Should someone keep cohabiting with every possible spouse until they discover the right one?
I believe especially for those who love God and want to please Him, that we should do marriage (like every other thing) God’s way. Just because other people did it and it worked does not make it right, obeying and pleasing God should be our motive at all times.
No matter how old you are, no matter how desperate your situation may appear, when you choose to honour God He will always make you a testimony.
It is not proper to practice marriage before getting married. Not even if it appears to have turned out all right for someone you know. Let your life bring God honour.
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