I hear a lot of people compare a relationship with God to marriage. I have never been married, but I see why marriage has been used as a metaphor for a life as a Christian. Marriage is a life of great suffering and great joy. Men are commanded to love their wives as Christ loves the church. Christ was willing to suffer with us even at our worse. God is ready to celebrate us when we are at our best and pick us up when we are at our lowest point.
“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her”
– Ephesians 5:25 [NIV]