"The Power of Jesus: Bringing Peace to our Marriages"

Christ is our True Peace

DAILY DEVOTIONS

9/14/2023

Christ is our True Peace

“For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh." (Ephesians 5:31)

A man in his sixties after celebrating his 40th marriage anniversary decided to leave his wife. The wife asked the reason, and upon asking her husband responded that he had never ever felt the bond in this relationship. I cannot live in this relationship anymore.

Marriage is a lovely representation of two people sharing a close relationship and reflects the nature of the loving, intimate God who designed it. However, the question arises, how could the separated ones initiate this practice? Someone has rightly said that if someone’s marriage is going through hard times, he or she needs to get down on her knees to thank God that he has given him or her the opportunity for unparalleled spiritual growth. As that would be a starting point to excel in Christian character and obedience.

In the Bible, the Old and New Testaments use different imageries of God and Christ as a bridegroom for the bride. In the book of Isaiah, God called Himself a bridegroom. The Lord uses the imagery of marriage that as a young man protects his bride and God will rejoice over you as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride (Isaiah 62: 4-5).

The similar picture of Christ as a bridegroom who loves His wife that He lays His life for the Church (Ephesians 5:25). Therefore, these images of God and Christ are the reflections for earthly husbands to show their brides love, care, and protection to be their delight by comforting and supporting them. As a response, brides also delight and bind in love with their husbands remaining faithful and obeying them.

The two key themes that emerge from these two imageries are husbands have to love their brides as Christ loves us. The wives have to submit themselves as they submit to Christ. Both sides go side by side honoring and cherishing one another. As it imparts the teachings of Christ, emphasizing the value of knowing the meaning of this sacred bond to our children.

Let's pray God to help us be faithful in our relationships. Heavenly Father, we come before you and thank you for being husbands and wives. Lord, we believe You have united this bond of unity, and only Your strength can preserve it. We pray for people who are going through difficult situations. We beseech you, Lord, to restore their relationships so that they may become one flesh. In Jesus' name. We pray.

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