By Jon Egie

 

 

The couple Mr and Mrs Benjamin Okpu after the wedding ceremony

The couple Mr and Mrs Benjamin Okpu after the wedding ceremony

Christian men have been charged to take responsibility of whatever goes on in their home.

Pst Irelen Josiah of the Omega Fire Ministry, Ughell gave the charge in an exhortation when website administration guru, Mr Benjamin Oliseh Okpu took his heart throb, former Miss Jennifer Oghenetejiri Ahwarianovwe to the altar, Saturday, Nov 26, to exchange marital vows.

The cleric said no matter what happens in the home; God will not ask the woman but queries the man.

“He put the man as the head of the home and so whatever goes in the home the man is responsible”.

 

Pst Irelen Josaih exhorting the couple during the wedding ceremony

Pst Irelen Josaih exhorting the couple during the wedding ceremony

Anchoring his Message on the bible book of Gen2:14, the cleric rolled out what he described as the pillars that hold marriage firm. He told the bride that she is a help meet to the groom and that soon after taking the marital vows, she surrounded herself to help the groom succeed and meet his needs in life.

He said marriage is like a triangle with each side representing the husband, wife and God at the top and hence, counseled the couple to look unto God because a marriage where God is not at the center fails.

“Every marriage experience challenges but so long the couple have God as focus they will overcome.”

 

Cross section of Groom's men and Bridemaids

Cross section of Groom’s men and Bridemaids

He advised the couple to also look at each other and support each other.

“If the marriage must succeed the couple must communicate because women talk a lot and the husband must give her ears. No matter how busy you are, find time for your wife because it was the absence of Adam that gave room to the Devil to lure and persuade Eve to eat the forbidden fruit”.

He cautioned the groom against domestic violence and wife abuse since every action taken by the groom has direct effect on himself and encouraged the couple to tolerate each other because no one is infallible.

 

Cross section of families of the couple

Cross section of families of the couple

“Ben, open up, as from today no more secrets, communicate, cool down and talk. No matter the offense communicate because two cannot walk together unless they agree”

He identified money as another pillar that holds marriage firm and decreed a financial turnaround for the couple. According to him, a stingy man is a disaster reiterating when a man gives he receives and “he that scatters tends to increases but he that holds tends to poverty”. Pst.  Irelen therefore advised women to encourage their husbands to be generous.

 

Ben, signing the marriage register

Ben, signing the marriage register

Rounding up, the cleric urged the bride to submit to her husband in everything and ensure that the door of ‘Jerusalem’ is always open. “In fact, it makes a marriage sweet; so many marriages have hit the rock because the Jerusalem door is not properly serviced. Ben, you are no longer the owner of yourself, Tejiri you are no longer owner of yourself.”

He prayed for the marriage to be fruitful.

 

Mrs Tejiri Okpu signing the marriage register as Ben watches

Mrs Tejiri Okpu signing the marriage register as Ben watches