love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband."
When I got married, I had separation anxiety from my parents. I thought
it was because I am an only child but Sydnee did the same thing. The
feelings were not so much anxiety as they were a longing to be with my
parents. The bond was and still is extremely strong! I've always
wondered why the scriptures don't say "For this cause shall a woman
leave her father and mother...". Do you have any thoughts on this? I'd
love to hear them. I think maybe it's because the husband is the head
of the house and the covering for the family unit. Guys, did you know
that God holds you responsible for the family unit as the head of the
household? Morally and spiritually? We become bone of your bone, not the
other way around!
Again, in these verses we are told how marriage is a great mystery. I
will never understand how a true marriage takes place in a couple of
minutes. It is still a mystery to me. Marriage is a replica of the love
and acceptance of Christ for us and vice versa. The same mystery happens
when Christ proposes to us and we accept his spirit in marriage for an
eternity. This change happens in a split second! Marriage is also a
great way to solidify eternal salvation. When you marry someone, you
can't unwed them. Sure, you can get a divorce on paper or an annulment
from the court system but you will never change the fact that you were
married to that person, it is eternal. Christ's salvation is the same
way. Once you truly accept Christ as your Savior, you can't undo that
acceptance. You can live poorly by physically disobeying his word, you
can forsake the church, you can try to avoid God every way possible but
it will not change the fact that you are his! If you truly accepted his
spiritual grace, you can't get a divorce or annulment. You can sure create some separation anxiety though...
Chris Gregory, a friend of mine and Steve's sent a comment last week
which is an excellent visual of salvation. He said "Jesus knew for a
fact that I didn't deserve his love, but He opened the door for me
anyway! By His sacrifice, the door of eternal life was opened for me. I
stood at the door for 37 years, and for 37 years, Jesus patiently held
the door and waited for me to enter." Isn't that just like a husband?
Steve patiently opens doors for me to lumber up to and through! My Dad
(pictured) has been holding doors for my Mom (pictured) for 55 years!
Whether you accepted Christ long ago or are still standing outside the
door waiting to walk over the threshold, Jesus has the door open just
for you. Unlike a honeymoon, where the husband carries you across the
threshold, in your union with Christ, you must step over the threshold
into grace and mercy. In a physical marriage, the husband traditionally
carries you one time in the beginning. In a spiritual marriage, Jesus
carries you all the time even until the end.
Enjoying Holy Matrimony,
The Happy Handicap
I welcome all comments or thoughts...