In Ephesians 5 Paul says a man’s love for a wife is to be a picture of Christ’s love for His bride, the church. The world should be able to look at a husband’s love for his wife and see what the gospel means, and be drawn to the beauty and power of God’s love for His people.
That’s why I love this moving story that Garrett Kell shares about a faithful, gospel-centered marriage:
Till Death Do We Part – Keeping the Vow Till the End
A member of our church named Julie recently shared the story of her Grandparents’ love with me and my wife so I thought I’d pass it on to you.
“My Grandparents truly had a lifetime love affair. Their marriage was imperfect of-course, but was marked by a consistent, devoted, and tender love for one another.
Their love remained steady in times of plenty and in times of need. In all the days and nights I spent at their house, I never heard an argument between them. And while I’m certain difficult days came and went, I never witnessed one disrespect the other.
Shortly before my Grandparent’s 54th wedding anniversary, my Grandma became gravely ill.”
“The master said, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now; I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’” (Matthew 25:23, NLT).
If we delight ourselves in God, the desire of our hearts will be to hear His words of approval. What could be better than hearing Him say “Well done” when it comes to loving your wife?
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Randy Alcorn (@randyalcorn) is the author of over sixty books and the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries.