In God’s plan, most boys will become husbands and most girls will become wives. Marriage should be a picture of Christ and the church (Ephesians 5:31,32), in which the husband represents Christ and the wife represents the church.
Husbands should love their wife as Christ loved the church
Husbands should love their wife as Christ loved the church (Ephesians 5:25). How much love is that? Christ died for the church, and gives the church everything it needs. In the same way, a husband should provide for his wife, and protect her with his life. If a boy is not willing to die for a girl, he is not ready to marry her yet.
Wives should submit to their husbands like the church submits to Christ
Wives should submit to their husbands like the church submits to Christ (Ephesians 5:24). If a girl is not willing to submit to a boy, she is not ready to marry him yet. Submitting is difficult and scary when your husband is not Christ-like. It is difficult and beautiful when your husband is Christ-like. That is why it is so important for girls to find a husband who is a believer.
This is what God intended for marriage. A man needs a woman to protect. A woman needs a man to protect her. That is why God gave more strength to boys than to girls.
The differences make life interesting
Exactly this difference between men and women is one of the things that makes life interesting. Because men and women are different, we need each other. We need each other to take care of each other; we need each other sexually; we need each other emotionally; and we need each other spiritually.
Because we need each other, we live in community in marriage and in families. Strong families are the building block for strong societies. How this world runs, all starts with the difference between men and women.
When you are not married
Of course not everybody is married. For those who are not married, not married yet or not married anymore, some of this community is experienced in God’s family, the church, where men and women have their own roles to play. For you are not only a man or a woman in marriage. It is part of all your relationships. That God gave less strength to girls than to boys is not something to complain about. It is part of his good plan for this world. It’s something to celebrate.
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