Marriage was instituted to bring God glory and to be the living depiction of Christ’s love for us. This can only be accomplished if we are the light in the midst of all the darkness that surrounds us.
Matthew 5:14-16 says: You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
As Christians we are called to be the light of the world [and salt of the earth]. Light can never be hidden. It penetrates darkness! In that same way, our marriages should penetrate the perceptions of the world. The world thinks that most marriages will end in divorce, or are a constant struggle. This is not true! Marriage is beautiful! It is ordained by God. This is why in Mark 10:9 it says “Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate”; and to parallel it says that nothing can separate us from the love of God (Romans 8:31-39). This means that the same way God does not intend for us to be separated from HIM; he does not want our marriages to be separated! Phew! That hit me!!
The love between husband and wife should be a reflection of God’s love to this world. The goal should be that the love a couple has for Jesus will draw others to Christ. His Word, our faith, and His commandments–are all foreign concepts in this world . We see that every time we turn on the news. They don’t see, because they’re walking in darkness. They don’t understand, because the Spirit is not within them. They don’t accept truth, because they have turned their back on Him. But yet Christ loves them … flaws and all. He seeks them out, and will woo them by His grace.
My prayer is that God will give us the wisdom to be instruments of His grace, that we might win non-believers over by our words and actions. Let us continue to be the light. May He also grant us compassion so that we might love others as He has called us.
To my followers who are single - I want to encourage you to be the light in every situation you come across – even during your season of singleness. One of the things I have learned [the hard way] is you must be faithful in the little first before God gives you anything big (Luke 16:10). This means shed light among your peers, coworkers and friends. If anything seems contrary to God, stay away from it. Do not let is overcome you in any way. Let your light shine!
To my followers who are married – I want to encourage you to show light in your marriage, with your children and everyone you come in contact with. Let God’s light shine through you in the midst of tough situations – disagreements, children running around and challenges at work. Be the example the world needs of how marriage should be!
Let your light shine!
For His Glory Only,