Past broken relationships, concerns about compatibility, and finances are just some of the reasons for the growing trend of couples living together without getting married. But marriage is not just a cultural institution by which people merge lives, bank accounts, and homes. God is intimately involved in our relationships and his plan is for couples to express their love and oneness in their marriage relationship.

Ellen Mary Dykas explains that marriage is about more than a husband and a wife. It’s a picture of the enduring relationship God has entered into with his people, through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Our commitment to each other mirrors God’s commitment to us. Marriage is hard work, but it is worth it. As you live out your faithfulness to God in your marriage, there will be good fruit, and God will be glorified. 


Ellen Mary Dykas (MA) is the Women’s Ministry Coordinator at Harvest USA and oversees the gospel-centered teaching and discipleship of women struggling with relational, sexual, and victimization issues. She is a graduate of Covenant Seminary and has a certificate in biblical counseling from CCEF. Ellen has over twenty years of experience in teaching and mentoring others through the Bible, and she is the author of Sexual Sanity for Women: Healing from Sexual and Relational BrokennessSexual Faithfulness: Gospel-Infused, Practical Discipleship for WomenToxic Relationships: Taking Refuge in Christ, and several minibooks including Your Dating Relationship and Your Sexual Past: How Much to Share and Sex and the Single Girl: Smart Ways to Care for Your Heart.