Today is my parents 25th Anniversary! Congratulations Dad & Mom!
I believe that in our society, the value of marriage has declined. We view it as a “what can I get out of it” relationship versus a bond that is to imitate the relationship between Jesus and His church.
“Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body. But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the Word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless. So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself; for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church, because we are members of His body. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church. Nevertheless, each individual among you also is to love his own wife even as himself, and the wife must see to it that she respects her husband.” -Ephesians 5:22-33
(check out Matthew 19 to hear Jesus’s words on marriage)
And after now being married for a year and a half myself, I’ve learned it takes work, love, grace and prayer. And sometimes, I just plain need an attitude adjustment. Haha! Really, though, we should spend more effort valuing the marriages of those who have lasted through the thick and the thin, life changes and challenges and serene, sad and stormy moments.
“Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrongsuffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” -1 Corinthians 13:4-7
What’s even more, those couples who have come to know the Lord or continue to grow in their walk with the Lord, and sought to raise their children the way God has called are few and far between. I was blessed to be raised by parents committed to the Lord and to one another.
“Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.” -Proverbs 22:6
So I want to say thank you Dad and Mom! We pray your love continues to last through the thick and thin 🙂 You make a great couple and wonderful parents!