We are to be Godly examples to others of God’s love for us!
Truly, God’s intent was for marriages to be eternal. Unfortunately, nowadays, divorce is very easily attainable, even if it contradicts God’s Word. There is only one justification for it, and that is when one of the spouses is unfaithful to their vows. Besides, that, God is not pleased with the dissolution of a marriage.
He chose marriage as an example of His love, for us. He is the Bridegroom and the church, is His bride; so it is essential that we comport ourselves faithfully to Him.
God Chose Marriage
by Greg Laurie
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Of all of the pictures that God could have chosen to show His love for us, He chose marriage.
Husbands are told to love their wives as Christ loves the church. Wives are told to be submissive to their husbands as unto the Lord. Here is what the Lord is essentially saying: “Hey world, want to know how much I love My people? Check out the way that Christian husband loves His wife. Hey nonbelievers, want to see how much My people love Me? Check out the way that Christian wife loves her husband.”
From that perspective, can’t you see how bad it is when Christians divorce? It devastates our witness. We tell the world how to live—how to be changed by Jesus—but then we can’t work out our problems in our own marriages. It should not be so.
God has chosen marriage as a representation to a lost world. Therefore, when you have a strong marriage, you are a powerful witness. How did God show His love for His bride, the church? By sending His Son Jesus to die on the cross for us. Talk is cheap. Words are easy to say. But God put His own Son on the cross to die in our place, in order to demonstrate how much He loves us.
“But Greg,” you might say, “Those are tall orders! There’s no way we can love like that on our own!” That’s true; we can’t.
We need the Holy Spirit’s power to be the husbands God has called us to be. We need the Holy Spirit’s power to be the wives God has called us to be. We need the Holy Spirit’s power to be the parents God has called us to be. We need His help.
So be filled with the Spirit, walking thought by thought, decision by decision, act by act under His control.
VERSES TO REFLECT ON:
Isaiah 54:5 (KJV)
5 For thy Maker is thine husband; the Lord of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called.
Isaiah 61:10 (KJV)
10 I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.
Ephesians 5:25-27 (KJV)
25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.