Leave and Cleave “For this reason, shall a man leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife” (Matthew 19:5). Now that is a common scripture isn’t it? I dare to say that at some point in our marriage we all have heard that scripture. However, I have found in my many years of Pastoring that not many couples have a complete understanding of what that that scripture means. The word “leave” means to depart from, or to cease from. While the word “cleave” means the exact opposite. Typically, when we think about leaving the home and protection of father and mother, we relate it to a female or the bride, However God applies this phrase to the Man or Husband as well.
Listen, you will never have the Marriage God wants you to have if your parents are constantly in your relationship. You must mentally and emotionally depart from how your mother and father did things. Husbands, when you start comparing your wife’s cooking to your mothers, or you get disgruntled because she does not use the same fabric softener as your mother, you are asking for trouble. Likewise ladies, if you complain about your husband because he isn’t as wealthy as your father, or help out around the house like your father did when you were in the house, you are likewise asking for a failed marriage. God calls you to leave! However, there must also be the act of cleaving to your spouse. The product of cleaving is a genuine respect for your spouse, a new found appreciation for what he/she actually does for you verses what they are lacking according to your own ideals.
Do you find this to be true in your marriage? Have you noticed that you are comparing your spouse to your parents? Are you holding him/her hostage with your expectations? Perhaps you feel that you are alone in your marriage? That your spouse doesn’t love you or respect you? I want to challenge you to take the words of Christ and apply them to your situation. Notice that these words came immediately after being questioned about divorce. That means that it doesn’t matter how bad you think it is right now, God can help you! Repeat this prayer with me as I pray for you:
“Lord Jesus, I have noticed that I have been unfair to my spouse lately. I have not been treating him/her with the respect and appreciation that they deserve. I ask you God to heal my marriage. Teach me how to leave the house of my parents, and cling to the relationship you have put together with my spouse and I. I take this time to seek your guidance in my marriage and I know that you are going to help me because you stated that you would never leave me nor forsake me. So I pray this in full confidence that you are going to turn my marriage around. In the matchless name of Jesus I pray. Amen!
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- Pastor Kevin D. Counts