“We all wanna be loved. Tell me, what’s wrong with that?”
Those words come from an old dc Talk song, and they resonate with our hearts. The answer to the question is “Nothing.” There’s nothing wrong with wanting love; this longing is at the core of being human.
We’re born desiring love, desiring companionship, desiring relational intimacy. In childhood some of us – though not all of us – receive that kind of love from a parent or parents. But even then, we grow older and long for more. We long for closeness, acceptance, safety in relationships as we grow nearer adulthood. Amanda Seibel reflects on this in a piece for Desiring God titled, “Do I Want Marriage More Than Jesus?”
When single youths turn into single adults…anticipation and longing can easily fill up our heart. Marriage is a beautiful thing to desire. God makes it clear that it is a treasure and, when done in his grace and strength, can even be a taste of heaven on earth. Longing for marriage is not in the least bit wrong.
However, one thing that we can easily forget is that marriage, in all of its beauty and glory, is still at its very best only a taste of heaven.
Seibel uses a helpful illustration to show how earthly marriage – beautiful as it is – pales in comparison to the reality of marriage to Christ as His bride. Even as a married person, it helped open my eyes to the enormous disparity that should exist in the way I think about and value marriage to Christ versus the way I think about and value earthly marriage.
Whether you are single or married, I would encourage you to read the full piece to let it remind you, and help put you in awe of, the wondrous truth of marital union with Jesus.
Link: Desiring God