Throughout our lifetimes many relationships will end. Some childhood and high school and even college friends drift apart and life takes each a different way. Sometimes people have to move to a new state or city. Sometimes life comes to an end for one of the people in the relationship. Sometimes our approach to marriage is similar. They drift apart, one moves in a new direction, or one passes. For some couples, divorce is the solution. It is just a little easier to part ways than it is to keep it together. For some people their marriage with the church comes to an end. Both of these endings may be because of drift or because one changed or because of hurt that occurred.
Both of these marriage relationships should reflect the love of Christ for us. Recently scientists discovered that over time in a long-term, committed relationship something called ‘pair bonding’ occurs. As it was once written: the two shall become one. The love of Christ must be at the center of our human marriages as well as at the heart of our relationship with God and His church.
Every relationship has the potential to end. In our human marriage the goal when it begins is ‘to death do us part’. We pledge love and loyalty through thick and thin. And couples really do mean it on day one. When one chooses to join and be attached to a church, the words are much the same as is the intent.
The reality is both marriages take work. A lot of work – both personal and as a ‘couple’. Although there are circumstances that cause a split, these should be far fewer than they are. Our love in these marriages needs to reflect the pure love that Jesus Christ demonstrated. Our effort in these relationships should reflect His effort and commitment at the cross. May our love also be sacrificial and all-in.
Scripture reference: Mark 10: 2-12