Everlasting Treasure

by Garrett Ellis, CBN

CBN.com – When I think of what an awesome treasure I have in the woman I married, it leaves a taste in my mouth that is beyond comparison. The woman that I love is more than just a partner or friend; she is a mirror image of the love that God has for me. He must have been extremely happy with me the day He sent her. I am truly blessed to have her in my life.

Marriage in general is the biggest, singularly most important commitment that a man and woman can make to each other. Contrary to popular belief, it represents two aspects of love: Eros or emotional affection as well as the legal contract that true commitment constitutes. It is not to be taken lightly and when practiced in its fullness, it is the most beautiful state of being that a couple can experience. Believe me, I know.

The sanctity and sacredness of marriage is tied up in the unfathomable love Christ shows man. The most tangible picture we have of this is the love and union between a man and woman. Again, marriage between these two is meant to be a mirror image of the unending adoration and affection that has Christ has for us. I know that my wife loves me because she puts my needs before her own as I do the same for her. This is exactly what Christ does for us all.  Although it hurt Him to die, He did it anyway out of love.In 1 Corinthians 13:4, the Scripture says that

“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up.” (KJV)

Love suffers long. Marriage and love is sacred in the eyes of God because it is meant to be a long term, unending union of commitment. And in no way inferior to that thought is the fact that submission, self sacrifice and a modeling of Christ’s love are all aspects of marriage that are absolutely necessary (Ephesians 5:22-28).

These thoughts sound good in theological theory but are better experienced in day to day practice. I have seen them alive and in action when I’ve fallen short of being the model husband. And through all of those shortcomings, my wife still models Christ’s love. She asks for corrective action but still makes it clear that she is committed to the relationship; one fumble doesn’t constitute divorce because we are committed to that idea of self sacrifice and long term commitment. In our wedding vows, we stated that in the name of the Lord Jesus, we would share our lives with each other, forsaking all others as long as we both shall live. And regardless of character flaws and mistakes, we are committed to doing just that. We have to. Christ does that for us.

In today’s world, the idea that marriage is a legal, emotional union designed to last forever can’t be stressed enough. Divorce rates are skyrocketing and a large number of marriages end in less than 2 years, if not 2 months. But we see in Matthew 19: 8-9 that the original plan for marriage was for it to be FOREVER. And not only was it not meant to end, but it was meant as a model of the compatibility of a man and a woman, of the responsibility couples have to reproduce godly family units and of the true dedication that real relationships need if they are going to be of any value.

Christ views us as His bride (Rev 19:7). He loves us enough to want to present us to God without a single, solitary blemish (Ephesians 5:25-27). He views our relationship to Himself as a marriage. Shouldn’t we do the same? Shouldn’t we treat our earthly marriages in the same manner and our heavenly one with even more intensity? Shouldn’t we treat God with the love and respect a redeemed bride would give her groom? The answer to those questions is a resounding yes, we should. Especially because when we do treat them such, we experience the most rewarding, most beautiful, most VALUABLE state of love imaginable. We experience the love of God.

6 Comments

  • I give thanks and glory to the Lord for your ministry…your testimonies & illustrations such this one is truly an advantage where i can use next week for our couples ministry, it’s truly a blessing & a big support for me as a minister …i’m bless to be apart of CBN Asia Family of Ministries. please continue send me your e.mail updates. More Power in Christ

    • Fatima, we are happy that the “Everlasting Treasure” article really blessed your life and ministry. We do hope that you’ll continually visit our website. God bless you.

  • That’s what i did..my husband left me for 1 month napo. lagi nya akong sinasabihang ndi na nya ako mahal at ayaw na nya akong makasama. I keep praying to God na ma enlighten sya and his family because galing din sya sa broken family.. God teached me dun sa mga mali ko sa kanya and now I am praying na ma restore ang heart ko and sa kanya.. Before sya ibalik ni God I pray na he already accepted na si Jesus as his personal savior para maging strong na ang marriage life namin. Thanks sa message na ito. lalo kong naiintindihan ang mga bagay patungkol sa pag aasawa.. More power and God Bless po..

    • Lhen, magpasalamat tayo sa Diyos dahil sa Kanyang grasya at pag-ibig. Patuloy na magtiwala ka at manalig sa Kanya. Asahan mo na kaisa mo kami sa panalangin. God bless you.

  • raychel

    thank you 700club for the inspiring message..i always pray to God that He will give my perfect match, i’ve been single for 4 yrs,not because im “maselan”,and”mapili” as people said about me.my mga gusto nmn manligaw sakin pero i ignore them the reason is that they are not christian. Iam looking for God’s will my faith is in Him n ndi nya ako bibiguin khit n matagal at mahirap for me to wait ng gnto katagal naniniwala pa rin ako darating sya sakin.God knows my heart..at nawa humihingi ako ng tulong to pray for me in that aspect..salamat because God use your program to strengthen my faith..:)

    • Raychel, kami’y lubusang nagagalak sa iyong pagbisita sa aming website at nawa ay patuloy na mapagtibay ka sa iyong pananampalataya thru our program. God bless you.

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