Last weekend , as my wife and I attended a wedding, I started reflecting on the topic of marriage vows in relation to God’s covenant with His children.
In the Bible, God made covenants with Noah, Abraham and Moses, to name a few. In each of these covenants, God made different promises which also required a certain response or conduct from His people. In other words, the covenants were an agreement in which God promised that He would deliver on specific blessings and in return, asked for faith, obedience and a commitment.
God makes the same kind of contracts with us today as couples look at each other’s eyes and embark on the path to “woness.” He put up the blood of His Son Jesus as collateral for our sins and in return only asks that we live a life of obedience. And as it relates to marriage specifically, God expects much from both husband and wife in the marriage relationship. In fact, in 1 Peter 3:7, after Peter laid out how a husband should care for and treat his wife, he added “so that you’re prayers are not hindered.”
Therefore my friends, it’s important to understand that the marriage vows are not only a promise that a couple makes to each other, but also a contract between that couple and God. And the exciting fact about this is that God longs to pour His blessings on a faithful marriage!
Marriage is not easy. It takes work, it takes sacrifice, it takes mutual submission and it takes understanding. Most importantly, marriage takes a solid foundation.
In our marriage the love of Christ provides the necessary foundation for us to function as “won.” This is a foundation based on sacrificial love modeled after our Savior’s love for us. Not that we have attained a perfect marriage, since we are both imperfect, but this is the love for which we strive.
1 Corinthians 13:7-8a describes the love we hope to attain daily.
“Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.” This is my favorite part of this “love chapter” because, in my mind at least, it describes the “love work” involved in a marriage. We bear, believe, hope and endure.
In this manner, love never ends. And this is the way of love.
A poem for my wife on Mother’s Day
A love that knows no bounds, A love that always goes round and round
A love that really never tires, Because this love is unique and always on fire
In the morning or at night, This love is always in flight
A love that is willing and ready to serve, Because that’s what she thinks others deserve
A love that is quiet and behind the scenes, Because that’s the style of my Queen
A love that believes in sacrifice, Because that’s how it is in Paradise
This kind of love can only come from a mother, And it’s so pleasant to see when given to another
This is one of the reasons why I love my wife, Because this kind of love exemplifies her life.
Happy Mother’s Day Lisa