Most Americans openly admit that one of the most challenging areas in their life
has to be in their
marriage relationship... why? Mainly because a marriage is made up of two different worlds trying
to find common ground yet striving to maintain some of the individualism known as personality.
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Matthew 18:19 says “Again I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any-
thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.” Most of us
don’t have a problem believing this scripture, after all, these are the very words of Jesus Himself.
The problem lies in our understanding of exactly what the term “agreement” really means.
When we look at Matthew 18:19 in the Amplified Bible we see a more descriptive explanation of
agreement... “Again I tell you that if two of you on earth agree (harmonize together, together make
a symphony) about - anything and everything - whatever they shall ask, it will come to pass and
be done for them by my father in heaven.” In this definition we can clearly see that agreement is
much more than just what you say!
Many couples find themselves at the point of frustration when it comes to resolving conflict
because they’ve always thought that this scripture was isolated to only what and how they should
pray when they need answers from God. However, this scripture suggests agreement, especially
between a husband and wife, is a life instead of an event. If you picture a symphonic band with all
of it’s various instruments, each having different functions and distinct sounds, but all moving
toward one united purpose... to glorify the writer of the music that they play. Harmony is made up
of several different sounds which, when combined make an awesome chord that cannot be
achieved alone... therefore they are inter de-pendent of each other if the goal of music through
harmony is to be accomplished.
Likewise, in a marriage you have two very different individuals who are striving to accomplish a
common goal. They usually come from different backgrounds, lifestyles and family values which
can present challenges when trying to become one flesh. Like those instruments, each spouse
has to understand their individual sound, what they bring to the marriage. They need to realize
that differences in marriage can be a blessing, for they offer balance and ultimately help to
eliminate weaknesses within the relationship.
The most vital element to becoming one flesh is allowing the word of God to be the guidebook and
final authority for your marriage... individually first and then corporately!
The success of your horizontal relationship with each other will be based entirely on the strength
of your vertical relationship with God. The true essence of becoming one flesh is when each
spouse allows God to change them individually, so that as they are making the necessary adjust-
ments, they will gradually be transformed into His perfect design for their lives corporately.
The true test of our love for God and each other is our willingness to change the areas of our lives
that we have become so comfortable with that we see no reason why we should. It is a dishonor
to say, “I love you” if that love is not backed up by the willingness to change whatever is hindering
your agreement. Amos 3:3 says “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” The words
“walk together” denote progress... and two cannot progress or go forward unless their lives are in
sync with God and each other. Many marriages are stuck in neutral because of this very reason.
They are both revving their engines and making a lot of smoke and noise individually, but yet they
never even leave their parking space!
What about you? Is your marriage “stuck in neutral”? Do you feel that somewhere along the line
you may have gotten off the path of agreement, or maybe that you have never even started on it?
Well, if so you are not alone. Walking in agreement in marriage is a challenge to everyone, but
when you put God first it is possible to enjoy all the benefits of the power of agreement through