Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word – Ephesians 5:25-26 NIV.
Through the grace of GOD I have found myself in counseling sessions involving married couples. Time and time again I’m amazed at how the institution of marriage mirrors the relationship between Christians and Christ. We are married to Him in the Spirit the same way some of us are married to our physical partners. How we conduct ourselves in one institution is a reflection of our conduct in the other.
I sometimes hear how single people can’t wait to be married as they believe they are ready to honor and cherish their future partners. It’s amazing how we are not faithful in the things of GOD yet believe we will be faithful in marriage. How we treat GOD is exactly how we treat our spouses. As a husband how I love my “husband” Christ is a reflection of how I will love my wife. I can’t be an awesome, Spirit-filled, tongue-speaking, Scripture-quoting Christian in church yet my wife at home is in misery. This is not pleasing before my GOD and it does not bring Him glory.
The institution of marriage is an integral part of my calling and my failure or success, in it is a reflection of my failure or success in my walk with Christ. It’s that simple. As a husband I ought to love my wife just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her. I’m a sacrifice offering to my wife and my devotion to her is a testimony of how Christ loves me and has also devoted Himself to me. In the same way wives ough to respect their husbands the same way they respect their GOD. If you respect your husband you obviously respect GOD, if you don’t do the former you can’t do the latter.
Single people looking to get married must know their conduct in their walk with GOD shows a glimpse of their future conduct in the institution of marriage. Master the former and the odds are in your favor that you will excel in the latter. “…that he may present her to himself as a radiant church/bride, without any blemish but holy and blameless” verse 27. This is how I am meant to present my wife to myself and to GOD. Wrinkles and stains on my wife are my failures as a husband, seeing that I’m the “head”.
It’s amazing how we are not faithful in the things of GOD yet believe we will be faithful in marriage; how we treat GOD is exactly how we treat our spouses