I have spoken many times of my sincere gratitude for God’s gift of marriage. I cannot get over how cool it is that God created marriage as a picture of His love for us.
Over and over again in the Word, God refers to the church as the bride of Christ. He gives us examples based on that relationship as to how we are to live out our marriages. Ephesians 5:21-33 speaks to how godly marriages should function and the relationship the husband and wife should live out. Wives are told to “submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For a husband is the head of his wife as Christ is the head of the church.” Husbands are told to “love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word.” The chapter ends by saying, “A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one. This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one. So again I say, each man must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.”
This is just one segment of the Bible that talks about God’s plans for marriage. It is so evident that marriage is created by God as a gift, to be a picture of his pure and all-consuming love for us. In Genesis chapter 2, it talks about how God made woman from one of Adam’s ribs. Verse 24 reads, “This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.”
Marriage is God’s beautiful creation! We are human, though, and, therefore, are born sinners. Marriage is not always easy; we know God’s commands by reading His Word, but we do not always listen. Proverbs 31 describes a godly wife: “Who can find a virtuous and capable wife? She is more precious than rubies. Her husband can trust her, and she will greatly enrich his life. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.” Later on in chapter 31, verse 26 states, “When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness. She carefully watches everything in her household and suffers nothing from laziness.”
I am not perfect, and I am definitely not a flawless wife. I will be the first to admit that I do not always enrich Duncan’s life. I can be demanding, I can nag, I do not always speak kind words, and I can be very lazy (the list could keep going on). But as a follower of Jesus Christ, I am called to turn from this sin. James 4:17 reminds us that “it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.” When God tells us how we are to live (which He does through His Word) and we do not live that way, it is sin.
God created the gift of marriage. Duncan and I have been married for a little over a year, and I can testify to the greatness of God’s gift. Marriage is a lovely symbol of God’s love for us, when we follow Him and let His Truth transform our lives. We choose daily to read the Word as our guidance and source of truth, because He is the creator of all good things, including marriage.
Always & Forever,