Love Story

“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.

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10 Responses to Love Story

  1. Well said, Kyle. The best things about marriage are the shadowy reflections of the greatest love relationship between our God and his people. You are wise beyond your years.

  2. Betty says:

    Yes, Kyle, marriage should be a reflection of Christ’s love for His church. I pray that when you find the woman God has planned for you, that you and she will have as many wonderful years together as your avus and I have had. Ava

  3. brianpell says:

    Marriage is a reflection of the love of God for his creation, which is so important to keep in mind when approaching a relationship of the like. It is heartbreaking to see so many people today minimizing that reality, and putting one’s relationship with Jesus above all else is the most important and beginning step to truly make it last.

  4. What a great reminder for us! It is so easy to get caught up in yourself, or even in the other person, but it is so beautiful when we remember that even relationships can be acts of worship. Thanks for posting!

  5. horvathga1 says:

    All too often we seek fulfillment in relationships of the opposite sex. I think that’s why so many marriages fail both in and out of the church. We must always be reminded that God is the only way to be fulfilled in this life, and that the marriage we find in him is the only perfect relationship we could ever hope for.

  6. Kristen says:

    Good job in pointing out the ultimate purpose of our relationships here on earth- to further our worship of God!

  7. evranken says:

    This is a beautiful entry. It’s easy to forget the one relationship that matters most- our relationship with God. I like to think of that relationship as a marriage. The love and affection He gives us is more than we will ever receive from an earthly husband or wife. Such a great reminder!

  8. Great points Kyle. It is hard to see so many people longing for romantic relationships, but lacking any sort of relationship with Jesus Christ. It’s only through the knowledge of Christ’s love that we are able to learn how to love one another.

  9. our love is to reflect Christ’s love – if only marriages truly reflected that!

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