Ephesians 5:31 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. verse 32 THIS MYSTERY IS GREAT;BUT I AM SPEAKING WITH REFERENCE TO CHRIST AND THE CHURCH.
Have you ever thought about your marriage as a witness? Most of us don't. But God has chosen to use marriage as a picture to the world of His relationship to His church. That is why husbands are to love their wives as Christ loved the church and gave his own life for her. And that is why wives are to be subject to their own husbands as to the Lord and to respect them.
The next time you are tempted to complain or to retaliate in a moment of disagreement, remember what you do is a witness either for good or for bad to your children and to others who may be watching including your lost neighbors . Which do you want it to be?
In our own marriage we learned this the hard way. In our early years we each lived for ourselves, we argued constantly and were generally miserable humans giving a horrible picture of what a loving marriage should be like. After we repented and gave our lives to Christ and began to live our lives in a way that brought Him honor, our marriage became a beautiful picture of Christs love for the church to those who were watching us. We are secure in each others love and enjoy each waking moment with each other. Does that mean we never have a bad day? Of course not, but we can tell you from experience that Gods way is the best. It is never too late to make a fresh start.