Hey! So here’s that other blog I was talking about! ^^^
I read this yesterday while sitting on the couch watching TV with my mom and had to stop myself from “AMEN-ing” very loudly a couple times (cuz that would have been very out of context and probably would have freaked out my mom). But anyways, this is a great reminder to all you ladies out there that the “Happily Ever After” we are promised at the end of every Disney movie and every romantic comedy is not reality. The reality of marriage and really any dating relationship leading up to marriage, of sharing your life with another person, is that IT IS HARD!! Yes, absolutely, there are going to be times of great bliss and happiness and mutual love for one another, BUT remember we are all flawed and therefore cannot expect a relationship with anyone to be perfect.
But that’s the point!
Girls and guys alike, realize that marriage (and the dating that leads up to it) was created by God for the purpose of giving us just an inkling, a shadow, a glimpse into His CRAZY, AMAZING love for us!! God loved us sooooo much that He gave up His only Son, literally the physical manifestation of Himself, poured out all of His glory into a human form, only to be humiliated, betrayed, persecuted and ultimately murdered for our sake!!
Because He could, and more importantly because He wanted to!! His amazing love for us, drove Him to put aside everything that was rightfully His and desire above everything else to have us back with Him, the way He originally designed it!
Ladies and Gentlemen, this is the real Happily Ever After: that we get to spend eternity with this God of amazing love, if we believe the truth of His Son’s sacrifice and resurrection for us. Marriage is God’s way of giving us just a glimpse of that self-sacrificing, powerful love that Christ Jesus has for His bride, the church, the body of believers.
It is special. It is sacred.It is hard. Don’t cheapen it with “Happily Ever After”.
Ephesians says, after imploring its audience to submit to one another “out of reverence for Christ.”:
“Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.” ~ Ephesians 5:22-24
And guys, there’s one for you too 😉
“Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body. ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to 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.” ~ Ephesians 5:25-33