By Margaret Oraza
Couples have been urged to be faithful and stand on truth as Jesus did for the salvation of mankind.
Delivering a sermon during the solemnization of holy matrimony between Doofan Doris Ikum and Selumun Solomon Kyenge at NKST Church Idye recently in Makurdi, Rev. Fredrick Ikyaan, advised the couple, reading from the book of Matthew 27:11-26, to stand firm in truth and be committed in their marriage.
Rev. Ikyaan stated that a good wife is the best portion reserved for those who fear the Lord, adding that a perfect wife is the joy of any husband.
“When you know the truth, stand by it, we could see the picture of Pontius Pilate who refused to stand on his truth,” he said.
The pastor who stated that a true Christian is one who stands firm in whatever he is doing further explained that marriage is from God and not from any human. He added that marriage is not about the dos and don’t s but it takes the special grace of God for husband and wife to put God first in their endeavours.
The preacher encouraged the congregation from the book of Ephessian 5:22-25 to stand by their turth and not to be deceived by anybody, in order not to enjoy God’s blessings.
Meanwhile, speaking at the reception which held at the IBB Square, Makurdi, Chairman of the Occasion, Mr Iorwa Apera, represented by Fanan Ade expressed delight with the couple for their union before God. He urged them to sustain their faith in God to enjoy a blissful marriage
He further encouraged the couple to keep faith with each partner and be tolerant, warning them never to allow the interference of third party in their matrimonial affairs.
Also speaking, Chairlady of the Occasion and Commissioner of Information, Culture and Tourism, Mrs Ngunan Addingi, expressed happiness for the wedding and prayed for God’s blessings for the success of the marriage.
Speaking separately with The Voice, the Director Administration and Supplies, Bureau for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr Terungwa Ikum who is also the father of the bride and the Special Assistant to Senate President, Kester Kyenge who is the elder brother to the groom encouraged the couple to allow God occupy the centre space in their marriage, in order to experience a peaceful and enduring union, as well as respect, not minding what people would say about them.