YOUR PERSONAL ANALOGY
Your earthly marriage is one of vulnerability. Even at best, your bridegroom is fallible and there will be times when He will falter and disappoint you. Ephesians five holds up a standard of love that will never be perfectly kept during this lifetime. But there is another Bridegroom who has already demonstrated His great love for you. While you were yet a sinner, He died for you (Rom. 5:8). He loved you and gave himself for you (Gal. 2:20). Don’t miss your amazing chance to be the bride in this amazing rags-to-riches love story.
Though what You’ve pledged is far away.
What You say about tomorrow
Is what’s real for me today.
If I love You, then I long
To hear Your strong, assuring voice.
I will trust You with my secrets;
Honor You in every choice.
If I love You, I’ll defend You
When others ridicule Your name.
If all the world denies You, still
I’ll count but loss the shame.
If I love You, I will be there
Whenever You’re expecting me.
I will love whatever You love.
Where You are, I’ll long to be.
If I love You, I will trust You.
All my hopes on You rely.
But should faith and hope be passing,
Love abides to never die!
(Above article first appeared in the Memphis School of Preaching annual lectureship book—2010, Collierville, Tn)