Marriage Is A Picture Of the Gospel

Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her.

This verse does not emphasize the husband’s authority; instead, it calls on the husbands to love self-sacrificially. Husbands you are to emulate Christ’s love, the kind of love that is willing to lay down one’s life for another person and serve that person even if it means suffering.

Brothers and sisters, marriage is not for the weak or the faint of heart, but it is a beautiful example of the gospel on display daily. I often thought about the day I would get married and how my life would be after the wedding. Marriage has taught me and is still teaching me today 49 years later, much about myself, but more importantly, marriage teaches me about God. Just as apostle Paul explained to the church at Ephesus that marital love is not a one-sided submission but should be reciprocal.

Brothers you are not to be harsh or superior to your wife.(1 Peter 3:7) God designed these roles to give a better picture of the trinity and the gospel. If a husband loves his wife as Christ loved the church, then it will be easy for her to submit to her husband. Christian marriage is a picture of the gospel to the world.

Within a Christian marriage, we have the opportunity to show and to share the love of Christ by the way we love, show mutual respect, and treat one another. There is no greater joy than to serve my wife as Christ served the church.

1 Peter 3:7 Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, and that your prayers may not be hindered.

Christian husbands you are to demonstrate toward your wife the same unselfish spirit as Christian citizens. You should be intimately aware of your wife’s needs, her strengths and weaknesses, and her goals and desires. You should know as much about her as possible in order to respond in the best way to give her honor.

Accept Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, today. Today is the day of salvation. Now is the accepted time. Salvation is a free gift. You may not really have tomorrow. Have a Blessed Day.

Written By Edward Jeffries

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