October Article

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

There were many things taken for granted when it came to our marriage. One man and one woman—us—focused upon coming together as husband and wife as the scriptures plainly state. We had great anticipation for the day, the hour, and the celebration it would be. There were preparations involving many people over the weeks and months. It was a once-in-a-lifetime event for us; we wanted it to be thoughtful, smooth, and Christ-honoring.

More to the point, in the lead-up to the day, there was no sense of “What if,” or “Is this the Lord’s plan?” We were confirmed in our hearts: we were designed completely for one another.

For you and me, it’s especially brilliant that the Lord compares our relationship with Him to that of marriage. He, the able bridegroom, providing for his bride to be perfected through an intimate relationship with Him. Us, dutifully following carefully His loving Words for us:

…so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless. (Ephesians 5:26-27)

So, it’s only fair to ask, how goes your preparations for the big day? Are you focused upon the Lord? Are you reading His love letter with the absolute resolve to obey? No dalliances with other wanna-be suitors, right? Your hand is claimed – be sure your heart is steadfast!

“Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready.”    Revelation 19:7