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The Royal Wedding

“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her” Ephesians 5:25

With the Royal Wedding over with I am consistently going back and searching up YouTube for bits and pieces of what I may have missed. It was a long wedding! But a beautiful one, and one many were anxiously awaiting.

I was so excited watching, as It reminds me of a fairy-tale, and for Meghan and Harry, I’m sure it was. I was obsessed with Meghan’s facial expressions and just trying to guess what she might be feeling at the moment.

The smiles on their faces were absolutely contagious. The idea that a prince falls in love with someone and marries outside of the strategic measures of the past is sort of exciting. Love covers a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8). Some arranged marriages work, but there’s something magical about finding that special someone when you least expect it. It makes me happy that Harry did not care about Meghan’s past, being divorced specifically, which used to be out of the question in the Royal’s history of marriages. Harry seems to love her for who she is, not for her status etc. The Royal’s have certainly come a long way.

This marriage reminds me of most romantic movies I have seen: The Prince and Me, A Prince For Christmas, or Cinderella to name a few. But like Harry’s unconditional love for Meghan, it reminds me that Jesus also chose us regardless of our past; He loves us and accepts us as royalty. He came not only for the Jews but the gentiles alike. (Galatians 3:28)

Marriages are however not always fairy-tales, and I am sure any member of the royal family, or anyone you know that is married will tell you that. Marriage is full of trials and tests, but in the end if you are faithful, you will end up with something strong and lasting.

Marriage can be compared to a house, it may seem beautiful when it’s brand new; however, there is always going to come a time where things need repaired or tended to. You can either move out, or stay and fix it and restore it back to it’s once beautiful state. Christ is a reflection of this truth. He came to restore us to our once intended states, before sin crept in and starting creating damage. What a revelation! The institution of Marriage truly belongs to God, and only God.

Listening to the Archbishop of Canterbury speak, was really eye opening. He beautifully stated what marriage was. In the eyes of God it is much different than society has made it out to be. Marriage is not just a piece of paper as some might say, it is a way of life. Marriage is a representation of Jesus and His love for the church which He interestingly enough calls His “bride”. God instituted marriage between a man and a woman and blesses it, because it represents a greater truth. It teaches us true unconditional love, such as the Love Jesus has for us when He died to save us.

” As the Scriptures say, “A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.”This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one.” Ephesians 22:31-32

The celebration of the marriage supper of the lamb we must be preparing for, anxiously awaiting, like a groom for the bride, to be stitched together for an eternity. The vows say, “Til death do us part.” Jesus says, “the end is just the beginning,” A fairy tale with no end.

“Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.” Revelation 19:7-9

I’ve heard it said also that you don’t truly know yourself and all of your faults until you enter into marriage. Marriage changes you, and helps you grow as a person. It is said that a good marriage can add years to your life.  Jesus accepted us with all of our faults and failures, and has a beautiful plan for our lives now, and an even more beautiful one for eternity.

But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 1 Corinthians 2:9

“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart, yet so that man will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11

I came across a great article on being re-married. For those who have suffered the heart aches of divorce, or are shameful about their ruined marriages this is a great read. Could it be that a second marriage is a part of God’s redemptive plans? Not that divorce should be taken lightly, but for those who find themselves in such a position, this article is great. Do I believe some marriages were not meant to be? Yes. Do I think some marriages have ended wrongfully? Yes. Do I think God takes marriages apart and puts the right ones together? Absolutely! God uses all things together for good. That we can rest easy about. The link to this article is below, I highly recommend it.

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Can Remarriage Tell a Greater Redemption Story?

Whatever your status may be, single, married, separated, divorced; you can be sure that you are never alone, and God has a great purpose for your life. We are all on a journey of self-discovery (who we are in Christ). Get excited, Jesus is coming back for us! His one true love, His Church: You and Me! You can watch the full wedding below, if you missed it! Be Blessed!

“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” John 14:3

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