Today I am officiating at a wedding in upstate New York. It's really cool to see how God brings people together. Genesis 2:24 says, Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. Believe, leave, and cleave are three essential elements to any relationship.
Believing in Christ and becoming the man or woman of God that He intends for you to be. Until you achieve that you will never be the spouse, sibling, child, parent, grandparent, or friend that you should be for others. I am
Leaving in this case does refer to growing up and becoming and adult. Taking on the responsibilities of honoring God in your relationship. Looking upward and forward - not behind!
Cleaving means literally two becoming one. I look at this as a mandate to all believers. When people see us they should be looking at someone who has "put Jesus on" and is now a new creation. The old is gone, and in it's place is one who honors God in all they think, say, do, and believe.
Be wise today and always - Believe in, Leave the old, and Cleave to your new life in Christ.