Ephesians 5:22-33 is the section about marriage. Christ’s love for His church is the template Paul used. Since I’ve never been married, my only example is what I have seen and heard through my years of counseling. Therefore I am going to focus on His love.
2 Corinthians 9:25 says that God’s grace is indescribable. I find that also true with His love. 1 John 4:7 says that God is love. Everything God does, allows, and orchestrates is done in love. As I was thinking about this I became overwhelmed with the power of His love toward us. We were dead in sin, alienated from the life of God. We didn’t even think about Him. Yet, He loved us enough to give His life to redeem us.
Here are just a few words to describe His love. You can add more. Unrequited. He died for everyone even though they may never receive Him. Unchangeable, steadfast, enduring, unconditional, immoveable, complete, unstoppable, indestructible, and it does not ebb and flow.
Jeremiah 31:3 says, “The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying: Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.” We had nothing, we were bound in sin, yet He drew us with His love, and gave us a heart to respond.
Now let’s go back to Ephesians 5:25-27. Christ gave Himself to sanctify or set apart a body of believers. Our hearts are cleansed as we daily read His word and practically apply it. Verse 27 says, “That He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.”
He uses marriage and the family to display His gospel. Singles are not exempt. He uses our lives as well. Every trial any of us goes through is divinely orchestrated to best manifest His love for us and through us to others. He perfects, or brings us to spiritual maturity, through what He allows. Let us embrace His process and purpose.