Recently, one of the most actively debated issues in our culture has been the definition of marriage. In fact there is no telling how many different definitions or explanations you would get if you polled people from 10 different cities in different regions across our country. Dictionary.com defines marriage as “any of the diverse forms of interpersonal union established to form a familial bond that is recognized legally, religiously, or socially, granting the participating partners mutual conjugal rights and responsibilities…”
As a Christian I have a very clear view of how marriage is defined and of what marriage is intended to be. However, it is still easy for me to lose sight of some of God’s expectations for marriage. While reading Ephesians chapter 5, I was reminded of just a few of those expectations. As a husband I am called to love my wife “just as Christ loved the church…” It is not enough for me to simply love my wife as my own body or as much as myself, but to actually love her as Christ loves the church. Christ’s love for the church is constant, pure, and forgiving of all imperfections. Finally, there is no greater example of self-sacrifice in the history of the world than what Christ did for the church. Christ’s love for the church is perfect. It is hard to live up to perfection, but I can rejoice in the fact that I have a forgiving God to lift me up when I fall short!