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Encouragement for Today
“A Biblical Perspective on Marriage”
Lysa TerKeurst, President of Proverbs 31 Ministries
Ephesians 5:32, “This is a profound mystery – but I am talking about Christ and the church.” (NIV)
A newspaper on the West Coast ran this ad: “Wedding Rings for Annual Lease.” I guess this company decided to capitalize on the growing market of those who enter into marriage with an escape clause.
Having an escape mentality when it comes to your marriage is a deception straight from the Devil. Satan knows that if he can deceive you into breaking the covenant you made before God to love, honor, respect, and cherish your spouse, he has a foothold to destroy your relationship with God as well. Ephesians 5 describes marriage as the physical representation of a beautiful spiritual truth: Christ is our Bridegroom and the church is His beloved bride. To distort our view of earthly marriage is to shake our relationship with God to its core.
Many Christians enter marriage without fully understanding God’s design for the heavenly purpose behind the union. Perhaps this is why so many couples in the church today, also wind up in divorce. Wrapped up in this connection between our earthly bridegroom and our heavenly Bridegroom rest three components that can help a marriage last. Take a look at them below:
As you begin to understand God’s perfect and unfailing love, you will begin to delight in His ability to be all that you need. When you approach the throne of God with a heart that desires to serve, He makes you ready to not only be the cherished bride of your husband, but the bride of an eternal union (Revelation 21:2) When you see your sinful self cleansed and purified by the covering of Jesus’ sacrificial blood, you will begin to see your imperfect significant other with the same love and grace Jesus had for you.
My Prayer for Today:
Heavenly Father, give me a right view of what biblical marriage is all about. Help me to see the spiritual truths in the union that I am a part of so that my marriage may be full and happy. Help me to cling to You first and foremost so that my fullness in You may pour over into my marriage.
Here are some ways you can apply the three components of comparing our earthly bridegroom to our heavenly Bridegroom.
· How can I be a better friend to you?
· How, in your opinion, can I be a better person?
· Talk to me about your aims and goals.
· In what ways can I better help you succeed in life?
Genesis 2:25, “The man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.” (NIV)
Jeremiah 2:2, “I remember the devotion of your youth, how as a bride you loved me and followed me through the desert, through a land not sown.” (NIV)
Ephesians 5:28-31, “[She] who loves [her husband] loves [herself]. After all, no one ever hated [her] own body, but feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church – for we are members of his body.” (NIV)
Revelation 22:17, “The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let him who hears say, ‘Come!’ Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.” (NIV)
Malachi 2:16, “‘I hate divorce,’ says the Lord God of Israel, ‘and I hate a man’s covering himself with violence as well as with his garment,’ says the Lord Almighty.” (NIV)
Capture His Heart, by Lysa TerKeurst
Becoming the Woman of His Dreams, by Sharon Jaynes
A Woman’s Secret to a Balanced Life, by Lysa TerKeurst and Sharon Jaynes