Ephesians 5:22-33 tells us that marriage serves as a picture of Christ and the church. If we are to rightly understand the relationship of Christ and the church, then we must understand what is said about marriage in this passage. Moreover, to rightly communicate about the reality, those who are married must strive to present a clear picture. While the passage speaks of love and respect, the high point is the statement that, in marriage, the two become one. This is the picture of Christ and the church. In salvation, we become one with him as he shares with us his life, his righteousness, and all that he has. The one flesh union of marriage is a relationship of love, intimacy, and delight. So our relationship with Jesus is one of being known and loved with joy. While marriage is an ordered partnership, the ordering facilitates the joy of two becoming one. To live a clear picture, strive for oneness in marriage. Face and deal with all that may break trust, violate intimacy, or steal joy. How will you foster oneness in your marriage this week? Finally, married or not, let the best elements of marriage experienced, hoped for, or remembered cause you to more deeply appreciate the incredible union you as a Christian have with Christ.