License to Wed

County offices in Texas and Florida offer discounted marriage license fees to couples seeking to get married if one stipulation is met: premarital counseling. “The average couple who participates in a premarital counseling and education program reports a 30% stronger marriage than other couples” (“Premarital Counseling Builds Better Union,” WebMD, April 4, 2003).

 Before entering into a marriage relationship, it is important for an individual to personally have a handle on being a mature Christian. The challenge of getting along with another individual doesn’t begin when a marriage occurs. We are called to love others no matter what our relationship status is.

Christ loved unconditionally and expects us to do the same. This is a word of encouragement not just for married people or single people but all people.