“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?”
Romans 8:35 (NKJV)
The picture of the believer is one that is married to Jesus Christ (See Rom 7:4, Eph 5:23-30). Marriage is a bond between two people, a man and a woman, where both the man and the woman become one. The concept of a believer being married to Jesus Christ will probably make more sense to those who are married, but the thought behind this is to make Christians see that our relationship with Christ is that of a marriage and that we need to play our part as the bride of Christ.
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Rom 8:38-39 (KJV)
The marriage vow is a binding promise that each couple makes to one another. In that vow there are promises to be true to one another, have and to hold, love and to cherish, remaining faithful to one another in sickness and health “Until death do us part”. In other words, this vow is a promise that will be kept by the couple until the day they die. That is a very powerful commitment to go into. Jesus Christ made His vow to us even before we said yes to Him through His death on the cross. But God demonstrates His own love towards us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Rom 5:8
As Christians we need to understand that we are married to Jesus Christ and the moment we become ‘born again’ it is a lifelong commitment that not even death is able to separate. Jesus is already playing His part in our marriage with Him that will last forever, so we now need to remember our vows to Jesus and remain faithful until the end. A divorce (backsliding) when things are not going according to our plan is not a healthy option for any marriage but fighting through to perfect your love for one another. I understand that tough times will come and things may even get harder, but as every married couple knows marriage is a commitment that is for life not just in the good times. A good husband will not divorce his wife in the bad times; he will do everything he can to work things out. Jesus Christ is a good husband (a perfect one for that matter). He has promised that nothing and no one will ever separate us from His love. Jesus is a man that stays true to His word. Will you remain true to yours?