This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. (Ephesians 5:23 ESV)
This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. (Ephesians 5:23 NIV)
The mystery [of marriage] is this: God did not create the union of Christ and the church after the pattern of human marriage - just the reverse! He created human marriage on the pattern of Christ's relation to the church. - p213, from Desiring God by John Piper
I love my wife, but I am not always the godly husband I am called to be. Whether I feel good about myself as a husband or not, how glorious, humbling, and encouraging this mystery is.
O, Lord, be gracious to me, and empower me to love her like Christ does the church.