Marriage Devotional Day Sixteen - Except by Divine Revelation
This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one. So again I say, each man must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband. Ephesians 5:32-33
One of the definitions offered by dictionary.com for ‘mystery’ is: any truth that is unknowable except by divine revelation.
The secret to a successful, fulfilling marriage simply exists in trusting Jesus to reveal to you all you need to know about being a husband or wife.
Actually, in some ways it is fairly uncomplicated. The Bible has revealed the depths of marriage in spiritually, physically, and emotionally intimate ways. It becomes complex when we reject
or ignore what the Holy Spirit has already laid out as an extraordinary marriage – mutual love, respect and submission that compels service and self-sacrifice.
But those components truly are unknowable apart from divine revelation. We’re humanly hard- wired to strive for first place. The revelation of the divine requires that we seek the last spot. We’re humanly hard-wired to consider ourselves before another. The revelation of the divine charges us with service and surrender. We’re humanly hard-wired to self-protect. The revelation of the divine propels us into vulnerability and intimacy.
The mystery truly is how we could ever achieve that plane of marital bliss without divine revelation and intervention.
Read Ephesians 5:21-33
The greatest moniker that Jesus bestowed on marriage was his comparison of it as his relationship to his Bride – the church. As you gauge the health and happiness of your marriage, how does it line up with the relationship Christ has with His Church?
For her: Pray that you might embody the most attractive, defining parts of the Bride of Christ – loving, serving, surrendering – in your marriage.
For him: Pray that you might personify Jesus in your marriage – self-sacrificing, compassionate, whole.
For us: Make a comparative list. In one column, list ways your marriage is showing moments of Christlikeness to the world. In the other column, name some areas for improvement.
Pick a marriage trait in the strength column and discuss some reasons that you believe it’s a strength.
Next pick one area for improvement and commit together to two tangible ways to build that area in your marriage.
Pray together that you might strive to love and respect one another better as you aim to show Jesus to each other and the world through the connection of marriage.
Used by permission. Cornerstone Christian Fellowship