“Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.
Lord Jesus, everything You have created seems to have a paradigm in heaven. And here You are saying through the apostle Paul that our marriages are analogous to Your marriage to the church. Our marriages are meant to picture Your relationship to us. Just as we have become one flesh through marriage, you have become one with Your church. There is this unbreakable bond you have with us that You will never abandon.
We are to submit to You as our “husband” and follow Your direction. And You love us enough to die for us and have actually done that. So we should mimic You in our marriages and demonstrate to the world what it means to be in relationship with You. Why would You tie Your image to our weak attempts at modeling our relationships after You? You know how much we have failed and are going to fail. Does this not frustrate You endlessly?
Somehow You value this connection and are unwilling to back off from calling us to imitate You. You are always modeling what it means for us to love one another and be committed to each other and how order should be kept in a chaotic world. You’re our marriage manual, our marriage Counselor and Mentor by example. Your interaction with Your church is our couple therapy.
Make my marriage a credit to Your character.