(Note – these notes are written as if I were talking to the married couple.)

This is a special day for you, and I have chosen a special Bible verse to share with you. The verse is

Amos 3:3 – Can two walk together, except they be agreed?

You are beginning a walk today that is designed to take a lifetime. The walk you are beginning today is as man and wife. All other girlfriends and boyfriends are to be permanently out of the picture, as you begin walking together.

Today as you stand before me and this audience, you are agreed in your mutual love for each other. And that’s the way it should be.

As you know, many of walks that began in this church and many other churches ended up not lasting a lifetime. Why is that?

It is because somewhere along the way the couple stopped being in agreement. There are at least four things you need to always agree on if you are going to walk together in agreement.

FAITH – Throughout your walk together you need to continue to have faith in each other. You must have faith in the abilities of your partner. You must have faith in your calling as a married couple. You must have faith in each other so that you always tell the truth, and unless there is real good reason, to always believe that your partner is always telling you the truth.

FERVENCY – I think of fervency as intense love. And over the first few weeks or months of marriage, you will not lack fervency. However, as time goes on, many couples stop feeling fervent towards each other. The intense feeling of love dies. To maintain fervency, make sure that you work on loving each other every day, not just in attitude but in practice. Seek to demonstrate you love to each other daily, and seek to express your love verbally and by your kind deeds.

FORGIVENESS – One of the things that will help fervency is forgiveness. Keep short accounts with each other.

Ephesians 4:26-27 – Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: [27] Neither give place to the devil.

Too many marriages are defeated by a lack of forgiveness. Don’t hold grudges, but seek forgiveness from the other, and extend forgiveness to the other. When you are wrong, admit and ask for forgiveness. When the other is wrong, be ready to forgive.

And try to resolve differences as soon as possible.

FAITHFULNESS – Make sure that you remain faithful to the partner that God has given you. She’s your girl. He’s your guy.

There is to be no other for you either in the fantasies of your mind or in the reality of daily living.

Can two walk together, except they be agreed?

If your marriage is going to be a success, not only must you walk in agreement with each other, but with the Lord Jesus Christ. The same four words apply.

FAITH – The only way to eternal life is by acknowledging that you are a sinner and that you need a Savior. The Lord Jesus died for you on the cross. It is faith in Him that brings faith and eternal life. I know that both of you have placed your faith in Christ. But there might be someone else here, who has never acknowledged their sin and turned to Christ for forgiveness. There will be no walk with Jesus through all eternity unless you trust Him now as your Savior.

FERVENCY – Just as you must work on intense love between each other, you must also work on intense love with the Lord Jesus. Spend time in the word of God, and in prayer, and in church to work on increasing that fervency for Christ.

FORGIVENESS – Just as you must keep short accounts with each other, you must keep short accounts with Jesus. When you sin against Him, confess it and forsake it. He is faithful to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

FAITHFULNESS – To be faithful to the Lord Jesus, you must strive to please Him everyday in all that you do. He needs to be the one that you please above all others.

Can two walk together, except they be agreed?

To walk in agreement with each other and with the Lord Jesus, practice