You’ve Been Replaced

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Parents, now that God has joined your child together with his or her spouse in matrimony, their prime earthly relationship is no longer with you. Relax—this is how God designed it!

"For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be joined to his wife." - Ephesians 5:31

There is a moment in the marriage ceremony when a father may shed a tear. It is when Dad escorts his daughter down the aisle and places her hand into the hand of her new husband. This is symbolic of God’s declaration that a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife. From the very beginning, God laid down this most basic principle of human relationships. No matter how much you love your parents, a sibling, or a good friend, no one is to be closer than your mate.

Parents, you need to know that this moment in the ceremony is not just for the newlyweds. It is also for you. Understand that the relationship with your child has changed. God has now joined your child together with his or her spouse, and their prime earthly relationship is no longer with you. It is with each other. But relax. This is how God designed it. From here forward, no relationship with Mom or Dad can come close to matching the relationship of a husband and wife. So with God’s help, let your child go, and allow him or her to build a new family in His image. It’s one of the greatest ways you can bless your child.

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