Gut Check on Marriage

I’ve been studying marriage and love from a biblical perspective for the last week or so. Naturally, my own marriage has been full of bickering and disagreement during my study. Isn’t it funny how that can happen? Right in the moments when God is revealing his truth to us, when we should be full of his grace and mercy, we can still find a way to be rebellious (*quick side note-I love you babe, more and more every day).
I have been learning some things. It’s the same scriptures, but there is always a new perspective to be had.
The bible calls husbands to love their wives as Christ loved the Church. That’s a tall order! Christ died for the Church. The bible calls the church the Bride of Christ, which means he is bound to her a way that husbands should mirror with their wives.
Anyone who has ever been to a church, read about a church, or even just heard of a church, knows that the church is filled with sinners. (If they claim not to be I’d be very wary of any Kool Aid looking refreshments that might be going around.) Consequently, the Bride of Christ is made up of brokenness. Millions of broken pieces form something beautiful that Christ chose to call his own. He chose to sacrifice his very life, in the most horrific of ways, at the hands of the very people that would eventually become pieces in the church that is his bride.
The people who put Jesus to death were only a tiny fraction of what was to come. Any student of history can point to dozens of instances where atrocities came at the hands of people within the church. Christ’s Bride has been infiltrated by evil on more occasions than we can count, and yet he died for her. He knew in advance what was to come and he died “to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.”.
Husbands; we are called to love our wives like that! I don’t know about you but my wife is a beautiful blessing on my life. I cannot imagine life without her. I love her more than I could ever express. Even at my most angry and frustrated moment, atrocity is about as far from a word I would use to describe my wife’s actions as you can get.
Marriage is challenging, no doubt about it, but if Jesus gave his life for his rebellious and infinitely sinful bride, I can surely give mine for the cute-as-a-button and infinitely less sinful bride that I’ve been blessed with.
Guys, we are broken and sinful. If we’re honest, a lot, if not most, of the problems in our marriages originate at our hands. Jesus was perfect and sinless. His hands are completely clean. If he can love his bride so much as to take all of her faults onto himself, and then sacrifice his life for her, we can at least learn to love our wives in a way that honors that example.

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One response to “Gut Check on Marriage

  1. In a Texas newspaper The Port Author News from february 1946 .This was headed -Meryll Frost – most courageous athlete of 1945 : As he recieved his trophy, the plucky quarterback unfolded the story of how he came back. He said “behind every great man, there is a great woman. While im not saying im a great man, there is a great woman behind me”.
    I do not know what great obsticle this man overcame to become athelete of the year maybe an injury ,a setback of some sorts, or maybe a death in the family. However this one thing i know ;there was a great woman behind him
    and she helped him thru it. I was not there so i can not say for sure but i think
    she was the only one that stuck it thru with him. Some times when you have to take a stand in life for what you believe in every one will desert you to see if you make it. A good woman will make sure you make it. She will not leave you in a time of trial and seek the easy way out. She stands by her vow of for better or worse and she will be with you and will encourage you. You will not be off by yourself and be an easy target for satan. You can count on her even if you blow it. She is the one person you can trust with what is bothering you. And she will help you to overcome. Proverbs 31:11 says The
    heart of her husband safely trust her; so he will have no lack of gain.

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