Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. (Ephesians 5:22)
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her (Ephesians 5:25)
The first Monday of March is here and once again it’s time to join my other blogging buddies for Marriage Monday. e-Mom has asked us to meet over at Jennifer’s blog, A Pair of Bartletts, to discuss The Glory of Christian Marriage. I’m offering my opinion on the subject and can’t wait to hear what other women have to say about the topic!
In this day and age, the word glorious is rarely attached to the word marriage. Though many couples would not describe their marriage as wonderful, delightful, pleasurable, magnificent, or beautiful God intends for marriage to be a glorious union between a husband and a wife. A marriage that pleases God is glorious for many reasons but I’d like to focus on the two reasons I find most amazing.
Marriage is used to describe the glorious spiritual relationship between Christ and the church. Christ literally gave his life for the church and this extreme act of love serves as a model for husbands. Husbands are expected to cherish their wives and to make sacrifices for them out of a desire to demonstrate love and protection. Wives are expected to submit to their husbands just as all are to submit to our Lord Jesus Christ. When we carefully consider the Biblical instructions given to husbands and wives, it is clear that God has designed marriage as a tool to make us more like Christ. How wonderful!
Marriage also serves as the glorious foundation for families, the essential building blocks of our society. The first half of Psalm 68:6 tells us that God places the lonely into families. There is a marvelous spiritual parallel here as well. When a man and woman join together in marriage, they leave leave their biological families and become part of a new family (Genesis 2:24). This is reminicent of our spiritual adoption into the family of Christ. Through marriage couples enter into a temporary family, but our spiritual adoption into family of Christ is both delightful and eternal. How glorious!
Just as we can identify God’s glory in a bright rainbow, a spectacular sunset, or in a soothing melody, we can ultimately find glory in Christian marriage because it is yet another one of God’s marvelous creations! To God be the glory!
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