By Emma Onumah
Bishop Cyril C. Okorocha PhD, of the Anglican Diocese of Owerri has expressed worries that many marriages today are being endured rather than enjoyed.
The bishop was speaking at the Cathedral Church of the Transfiguration of Our Lord (CATOL) Owerri at the celebrations of the dedication of the Cathedral last December.
He, therefore, announced plans to hold an elaborate marriage seminar that will involve all categories of married people in February, this year.
The seminar, which will have Evangelist (Engr.) Emeka Chukwuocha as its resource person, will look at the following questions, among other issues: (i) Before you say I do, I do, (ii) When the honeymoon is over (iii) Before you say – will you marry me? (iv) How did you make it in marriage? and (v) Let us celebrate our marriage, etc.
As part of the activities held to mark the CATOL Dedication Celebration Week, Evangelist Chukwuocha, called for reactions as to what should have transpired between a couple before they say “I do, I do”.
The congregation, in reaction, raised the issues bordering on compatibility, God’s will, strength and weakness of both the man and the woman involved, background, spirituality, fear of God, prayer, in order that the will of God will prevail in the relationship, etc.
In his own comment, Bishop Okorocha said that the aforementioned issues were not duly taken care of before such marriages were entered into. In a Christian marriage, he warned, “you do not say you are not going further”.
Citing Romans 12:1-12. he advised that there must be genuine and true love in any marriage, and to make sure that the spirituality of the couple is pleasing to God.
He deposed that there is a great difference between joy and happiness, hence the joy of the Lord is our strength.
The Lord Bishop then enjoined all couples to try and renew their minds, and not to conform with the way of the world, in order to enjoy their marriages.
By Emma Onumah