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posted Oct 21, 2018, 2:32 PM by Welch Creek Baptist Church   [ updated Oct 21, 2018, 2:33 PM ]

          The Bible looks upon marriage not as a social contract between two individuals that may be dissolved at will; but rather, it looks upon marriage as a mystery. Paul writing to the Ephesians said, "For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh." (Ephesians 5:31.) In other words, your marriage is designed to be a reflection of the relationship between Christ and His church.
        Thus, contrary to natural thinking, much of the real joy in marriage comes from giving, not from getting. For marriage is modeled on the relationship between Christ and His church. In every Christian marriage, the world should be able to see that mutual giving and self-giving which characterizes the relationship between Christ and the church.
         What opportunities present themselves daily to man to give or express toward his wife the love of One who gave up His very life for His bride! What opportunities present themselves daily to the wife to give or express the faithfulness of the Church as it is described in Ephesians 24 and 27; subject in everything to Christ - - without spot or wrinkle, holy and without blemish! This is not merely an ideal, but is the projected goal of the Holy Spirit with every Christian marriage.
                October 21, 2018                                            
                                               From Your Friend & Pastor,
                                                                                       James H. Baker, Proverbs 3: 5-6