And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
When God created Adam in the garden, He said Adam needed a companion to assist him in carrying out his purpose. These partners share everything. One helps the other in many ways: physically, psychologically, emotionally, and spiritually.
Genesis 2:24 notes that when a man or woman marries, their spouse becomes their companion, not their parents or circle of buddies. Many marriages today are troubled because one partner or another is still hanging on to someone other than their spouse as their "companion" or running buddy.
Many marriages have been ruined because husbands hang out with the boys without their wives, or wives spend more time with the girls than with their husbands.
Many are troubled because husbands cling to their mothers more than their wives, and wives cling to their fathers more than their husbands. Marriage provides a life companion who shares every part of life with the other.
Marriage companionship is friendly, fun, spiritual, enjoyable, truthful, and supportive. In this companion relationship, the husband leads with input from his wife. They enjoy each other's company. Rarely is one seen without the other; they are inseparable.
African-American couples should appreciate the significance of prioritizing their spouse, setting healthy boundaries, fostering an equal partnership, nurturing companionship, and building a strong, inseparable bond. Couples that share this essential contribute to healthier and more fulfilling marriages within the African-American community, as well as in society at large.