Mirror, Mirror

 

What do you think of this statement: Your relationship with your spouse is a direct reflection of your relationship with God., too strong? Well, let’s weigh it up against God's Word shall we? The marriage covenant is incredibly important to God. It is the earthly representation of His relationship with the Church. It is the closest possible reflection of His relationship with us. It speaks of oneness in the most intimate of senses. Genesis 2:24 it says ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’ So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate." The two will become one flesh - intimately united and God commands that union to not be divided.

 

Now, although the husband and wife are one, they each have individual responsibilities, which directly reflect the responsibilities of both the Lord and His bride: the church. Ephesians 4:22 says . . . "Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. 23 for the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Saviour. 24

 

Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. And . . . 25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies".

 

So you see, there's a direct correlation between husband and wife and God and the Church. Now, here's where it gets scary . . . Jesus said . . . Whatsoever you do to the least of these my brothers (and sisters), you do the same thing to me.

 

Remember when Saul, who went on to become Paul, was stopped on that Damascus road and blinded by God. He'd been busy killing Christians when God said to him, "Saul, Why are you persecuting me"?

 

So, how does this pan out for husbands and wives? The way you treat your spouse is a direct reflection of how you're treating God. If you’re cheating on them, you're cheating in Him. If you do not love your spouse, you do not love Him. If you're not submitting to them, you're not submitting to Him. If you're not laying down your life for them, you're not laying down your life for Him. Whatsoever you do to the least of these my brothers (and sisters), you do the same thing to me.

 

Sobering stuff!

 

·        See also - Jeremiah 3.20

 

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