It is quite evident that your relationship with God is like the relationship between a married couple – for your Maker is your husband, the LORD of hosts is His name (Isa. 54:5) and husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. Eph 5:25
Just as God has said, “You must not have any other god but me” (Ex 20:3) then you are not to have any other love [in marriage] but your wife.
Jesus said, “I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us…” John 17:21
Therefore, you are to be one with my wife and you cannot allow another to come between the two of you. So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate. Mt. 17:6
But how many things get between you and God?
You want to be faithful to God but you let something come between you and Him, between you and worship, between you and prayer, or between you and church.
Likewise things are often allowed to enter in between you and your wife.
At one time I was obsessed with playing volleyball. Practicing twice a week and playing tournaments on the weekends. Linda and I had small children. If I went to practice I left her home with the children. If I went to a tournament either she stayed home with the children or brought them to the tournament, where she sat in the stands and took care of children.
Looking back it was very selfish of me.
Interference in marriage doesn’t always have to be another person. It can be work, sports, even a leisure activity.
One of the greatest assets of marriage is forgiveness.
Since a great marriage is so much like the relationship with God, then how does He handle forgiveness?
Does He divorce you as you might divorce your spouse?
Jesus said, “Moses permitted divorce only as a concession to your hard hearts, but it was not what God had originally intended.” Matt 19:8
Divorce is not in God’s plan for you.
Do you recall the woman caught in the very act of adultery?
Her accusers wanted to stone her, perfectly legitimate according to Torah.
But Jesus said to the woman, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?”
She said, “No one, Lord.”
And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” John. 8:10, 11
He is a forgiving husband.
You should be one too!