“Husbands, love your wives as Christ loved the Church and gave Himself up for her.” -Ephesians 5:25
I love my wife. She is a stream of wisdom, a gracious counselor, servant-hearted Mom, and a beautiful work of art. I am glad God united us together in marriage and we get to spend the rest of our lives in a covenantal relationship.
Today, marriage is being attacked. The government, media, and citizens are calling marriage something other than a monogamous relationship between a man and a woman. For instance, heterosexual couples are living together (co-habitating) and engaging in premarital sex for lifestyle benefits. This belittles and undermines the sacredness and moral purity of marriage. The Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, and Transgender (LBGT) community are fighting for their rights to have a homosexual union when the Bible clearly forbids it (Gen. 2:22-24; Lev. 18:22-23; Deut. 24:5; 1 Cor. 6:9-11). Some professing Christians are perverting the idea of submission for control and dominance. Instead of loving their wives sacrificially, they are mistreating God’s sacred vessel. These examples demonstrate mankind’s temptation to redefine marriage in their own image rather than what God says.
Marriage can’t be defined by mankind. It is an institution that God has objectively ordained from the beginning of creation until now for fellowship, procreation, and most importantly, to honor God. The Scripture teaches us that God wants marriage to be a reflection for His love towards the Church. The body of believers that make up the church are collectively called the bride of Christ. As the Bridegroom, Jesus gave His life for the bride, to make her “holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the Word.” When Christ comes back to Earth, the official wedding ceremony will begin. From that point forward, the eternal union of Christ and His bride will be completed. Are you looking forward to that day? I hope so!
Read through the following passages that discuss marriage: Gen. 2:23-24; Matt. 19:6; 2 Cor. 6:14; Eph. 5:22-29. Think about the importance of marriage and how it affects you personally and socially. Come up with a strategy to effectively argue against cohabitation, gay marriage, and male chauvinism.
Father, you know that an absolutist, objective view on marriage is not popular today by the culture. Please give us wisdom and humility as we explain to others your view that marriage is a monogamous relationship between a man and a woman. I pray that our conversations with others would be filled with love and grace, and that maliciousness and pride would not get in the way. Thanks again for the gift of marriage. May we cherish and esteem it above all things. In Jesus name, Amen.