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“For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” This is a profound mystery — but I am talking about Christ and the Church. However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.  (Ephesians 5:31-33)

Marriage is not something humans invented. It is a divine mystery emanating from the heart of God. And defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman is not about hate.  Rather, it is eternally important Truth — Truth that is meant to bless all humanity.  Because marriage is not merely about humans and human love.  It is meant to point beyond mere human relationships to a more essential and awesome reality and destiny and union — the union between the Bridegroom and the Bride.

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Years ago, I went to a prayer meeting at a little Methodist church on the outskirts of Atlanta.  While there, I asked people to pray for me, that I would know what was God’s will as far as whether I would marry or not. (I had already made peace with God and knew I would be happy, whether married or single, as long as Jesus was with me.)  At the prayer meeting, a woman prophesied this to me: “You must sing your song to Jesus and only to Jesus.  And if it is His will that you be married, then He will send a woman to you who is singing her song to Jesus and only to Jesus.  And if she is the one for you, your two songs will harmonize perfectly and uniquely — and you will be united in Him and not just in yourselves.”

Recently, my wife and I celebrated our 25th anniversary.  Our marriage has been infused with the joy and glory of God, and has, in some ways, seemed like a month rather than 25 years.  And when I look in her beautiful, green eyes, I know that Jesus is her ultimate Lord and Lover — and I am filled with unmeasurable peace and unspeakable joy — because I know that she is the ONE God has chosen for me.

I had a dream recently:  In the dream, I am at a church where a wedding is supposed to take place.  There is much theological talk going on, but I see no bride or groom.  I woke up, and the Holy Spirit told me that the Church is supposed to be getting ready for a wedding and a marriage, but they have little or no concept of their call as Bride and do not know how to accommodate the Groom.

We (the Church) are not a corporation or a seminary or an organization bound together by mere theology or ritual.  We are the BRIDE of Christ.  And we are headed towards a MARRIAGE.  This whole experience is supposed to be FILLED WITH ROMANCE and a fascination for our incomparable BRIDEGROOM!

Amazing Husband-to-be Jesus… Please send the Holy Spirit to break us out of our passivity, busy-ness, and self-centeredness.  PLEASE tell the Holy Spirit to bring warmth and passionate focus to our cold, distracted hearts and prepare us for your return!