Friday, 8 October 2010

Created for Him

The Book of Colossians, chapter one, verse 16 states that “All things were created by Him for Him.” There are a number of Biblical passages for which the interpretation seems to be up for debate. I don’t think this is one of them. It is hard to mistake the meaning of “All”. The word “things” seems fairly inclusive. The capital “H” in the word Him, particularly when found mid-sentence, would most likely refer to God.

Now if you are still reading you are probably thinking “thank you for the Sesame Street- esque version of verse 16, so what’s your point?” I’m reasonably good at stating the obvious. It means that your marriage was created by God for His purpose and that His purpose is always to bring glory to Himself.

Since God has never created anything that is mediocre why are so many couples so unhappy? If marriage is designed to bring glory to God why are so many Christians seeking divorce or living lives of “quiet desperation”.

Could it be that we are not following His design? There are many passages in Scripture that can be applied to marriage and many Biblical principles that if applied would enhance our ability to love one another but for me one verse best summarizes it all.
Ephesians 5:33 says, “However, let each man of you [without exception] love his wife as [being in a sense] his very own self; and let the wife see that she respects and reverences her husband [[a]that she notices him, regards him, honors him, prefers him, venerates, and esteems him; and [b]that she defers to him, praises him, and loves and admires him exceedingly]. Amplified Bible

If this verse were taken literally it would put marriage counselors out of business. Can you imagine any wife needing a counselor if her husband demonstrated that he loved her as much as he loves himself? He would constantly put her needs ahead of his needs, he would be in tune with all her desires and he would want only what is absolutely the best for her. And how many husbands would seek counseling if he always felt honored, esteemed and admired? This last part could be a trick question because husbands rarely seek marriage counseling.

I truly believe that regardless of how damaged a relationship may be that if these principles were put into effect today it would radically change the marriage – what do you think?

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