Christian marriages should be the steamiest, most passionate, most dedicated and faithful marriages on the planet. Why? Because the Bible says that husbands should love their wives as Christ loves the church and Christ’s.
His love for his church is deeply passionate and deeply faithful, even into death. There is nothing he did while here on this earth without the end goal in mind: That is reconciling (being one in spirit) with his church.
A husband’s life should model this passion and dedication, doing nothing without his bride in mind. He should be her shelter from the storm and the one place she can run to where safety, understanding and forgiveness are found.
And likewise, a bride should passionately desire her husband. She should be anxious for him to return home. She should seek to bring honor and glory to his name. She should be the source of his greatest praise. She will rejoice in being his helper and friend and she will not need her worth or beauty validated by others, for his daily actions and words make her beauty and worth well known.
Holy Passion. Glorious Intimacy. Strength, Joy and Peace multiplied. All these are found in the beautiful bond of marriage.
Yes, it takes work. It takes daily work: daily (if not hourly) decisions to seek and serve and sacrifice, to extend grace, to quickly forgive and to simply keep walking in love. It is work, but is a work of love, and a work that can be daily empowered by the love of God. It is a great work and for this reason, it is a work that is GREATLY rewarded- not on some distant day after you die, but TODAY while you live.
Praying for all our married friends today. May you be empowered for the work and enjoy the great rewards. May your marriages be more passionate, more dedicated, more glorious and holy than ever before.