“For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. This is a profound mystery– but I am talking about Christ and the church.” Ephesians 5:31-32
Our culture is obsessed with love. And it makes sense. The relationship between a man and a woman is special. After all, men and women are quite different from each other. They think differently, they act differently, and they care about different things. Sometimes those differences can be frustrating.
But when two people realize how much they can learn from their differences and decide to spend the rest of their lives together– it’s just beautiful. It’s becoming difficult to find a couple who can take that committment seriously, but I think a committed relationship is what everyone really wants.
Think of stories like Beauty and the Beast, Pride and Prejudice, Titanic. Classic tales of the transforming power of love. Why are these stories so well-liked? Could they represent an ideal we desperately hope could be a reality?
The truth is even the healthiest marriage is . . . imperfect. The people we love hurt us because– well, they’re people.
But marriage is a reflection of the relationship between God and us– his creatures. Our relationship with God is more real, more intimate, more lasting, and more satisfying than a relationship with a person of the opposite sex. As Timothy Keller said in The Reason for God, “Jesus is the only Lord who, if you receive him, will fulfill you completely, and, if you fail him, will forgive you eternally.”
That’s exactly what we want out of a relationship. Fulfillment and forgiveness. It should be comforting to know that everyone, man or woman, single or married can find both in Jesus Christ.