As a man of God I should pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness. I should fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which I was called; keep the commandment without stain or reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Taken from 1 Timothy 6:11-14
Yesterday, Mom and I talked about what the primary purpose for marriage is; our conversation stemmed off of what I wrote in “Why Marriage?”.
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones. “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.
Ultimately, marriage is to be a picture Christ and the Church. Christ loved the Church so much that he unselfishly gave himself for her. The Church chooses to unselfishly love Christ in return and give herself for him. If a marriage follows this pattern, it will undoubtedly be strong – and a powerful witness to the unsaved world both for Christ and good marriages.