Thursday, June 14, 2012

Five Insights for Marriage from Scripture

While we all know many of the typical wedding vow scriptures, have you really thought about what some of the basic spiritual parallels the earthly institution of marriage can represent?  The following is far from being conclusive (God's Word, the Bible, is the BEST resource for that!), but I hope it can give you some positive food-for-thought as you think about what God has designed marriage to be and to illustrate to the world.
1) It can be a Reflection of Our Spiritual Walk With Him-  Naked and unashamed (Genesis 2:25).   Intimate, close, unhindered. 

2) It should be Edifying for both husband and wife and for their walk with the Lord- As iron sharpens iron (Proverbs 27:17), we sharpen our spouses for God's purposes.

3) It should be Strong, with God as our Glue.  A triple braided cord that is not easily broken (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12).

4) It should reflect the sacrifice the Lord made for us on the cross.  Self-sacrificing for the good of the other, as when both husband and wife do this for each other, both individuals and the marriage benefit.  No greater love has a man than to lay down his life for his friend (John 15:13).

5)  It should reflect the virtues of the love chapter: Patient, kind, always believing, hoping, loving (1 Corinthians 13).
Feel free to add your insights in the comments section below!   What a beautiful parallel God has given as he uses the earthly institutions to parallel spiritual principles and truths.  Think marriage is a great parallel?  Try parenting as a parallel, and let us know what you come up with! or comment below :-)!