My husband and I went to a marriage conference earlier this month at our church. There was something said during one of the sessions that really stuck out to me and I haven’t been able to shake it since. The magnitude of truth to this statement is just too great. It really inspired me to think on this idea more and more and I knew that I needed to share it in this space.
The beauty in marriage is that it is designed to be a direct representation of our relationship with Christ. God’s love for us is unconditional. No matter what we do or don’t do, we are loved by God. The more that we seek the Lord, the more that we spend time getting to know Him, the closer to Him we will become. The more we get to know the Lord, the more we know what He wants for our life. The better we know God’s heart, the better we are at making Godly decisions in life because in knowing Him we can be guided by what He wants for our lives.
The same is true in how God designed marriage. The love between a husband and wife is unconditional. It’s a choice every day of our lives to love our spouse no matter what, no matter if we feel like it one day or not. The more that we spend time with our spouse, the more we get to know them. We begin to learn what our spouse likes, what they don’t like, we learn their quirks and annoyances, and we learn about their personality. We start to be able to make food or drink choices for them because we know what they would like. The marriage relationship is the closest earthly relationship to that of the relationship with Christ.
Why would the enemy leave the relationship that most represents that of our relationship with God alone? It only makes sense that the enemy would be after your marriage, and every marriage. In no way does the enemy want you experiencing the relationship of Christ to its fullest, and understanding it in depth. The enemy is after your marriage.
The enemy wants to attack the areas in your marriage that bring you closer. Every aspect of your marriage at the core relates back to our relationship with Christ. The way that God designed marriage to be is getting attacked every day. Divorce rates are increasing, marriages are being broken, and people are giving up on marriage altogether. God’s design for marriage is being warped and damaged in so many ways.
So what are you supposed to do about it? Stand in front of large crowds and scream and holler about everything that’s wrong about divorce, gay marriage, and adultery? Not at all. What can you do to restore the way that God designed marriage? Start with yours. Right where you are, determine that your marriage will reflect Christ’s relationship with His children. Determine that you will start with your marriage, and in beginning with your marriage you will teach your children. When you model a marriage with God’s design, not only are you representing a positive marriage to your children, but you are representing Christ to them as well. There is beauty in marriage and someone is after your marriage so you don’t experience that beauty. Someone is after your marriage so that through it, you don’t experience more of who God is, and that you won’t share that experience with your family. So fight, fight for your marriage and the beautiful relationship that it represents.
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