Marriage – Partners Reflecting

More Alike

Ezekiel 16:6-8; 2 Corinthians 11:2

Long-married couples often seem to develop into mirror images, having similar movements, habits, and thoughts. This is not an illusion, an ongoing study at the University of Washington reports. The longer people stay together, the more likely they are to reflect each other. They eventually share thoughts, perceptions, and even mathematical skills. However, and perhaps not surprisingly, wives usually do the changing. Women gain mentally if they marry intelligent men; they lose an edge if they marry below their own intelligence quotient.

The study is based on tests given every seven years to 175 couples over the past thirty years. Twenty-two couples have been tested regularly. The tests cover a wide range of measurable skills in addition to personality traits and reasoning ability. Through the years the couples have become one in many unexpected ways.

This is not surprising. Those who live together invariably reflect each other, with the stronger personality generally impacting the weaker. Christians experience this in their marriage to the Lord Jesus. The Master’s powerful presence impacts His servants, who find themselves progressively losing their own traits and acquiring His. God’s children try to express in their own lives the perfect beauty of Christ’s

Courtesy of Speaker’s Sourcebook of New Illustrations by Virgil Hurley copyright © 1995 by Word, Incorporated. Used by permission.

Man Shall Not Live By Bread Alone!
But By EVERY Word That Comes From God Above!

Ezekiel 16:6-8, “And when I passed by you and saw you struggling in your own blood, I said to you in your blood, ‘Live!’ Yes, I said to you in your blood, ‘Live!’ I made you thrive like a plant in the field; and you grew, matured, and became very beautiful. Your breasts were formed, your hair grew, but you were naked and bare. When I passed by you again and looked upon you, indeed your time was the time of love; so I spread My wing over you and covered your nakedness. Yes, I swore an oath to you and entered into a covenant with you, and you became Mine,” says the Lord GOD.”

2 Corinthians 11:2, “For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.”


Marriages are made in heaven and consummated on Earth. -John Lyly

Love seems the swiftest, but it is the slowest of all growths. No man or woman really knows what perfect love is until they have been married a quarter of a century. -Mark Twain

Marriage is LOVE personified. -Unknown

About Roland Ledoux

Pastor of Oasis Bible Ministry, an outreach ministry of intercessory prayer, encouragement and exhortation of the Word of God and author of the ministry blog, For The Love of God. I live in Delta, Colorado with my beautiful wife of 49+ years and a beautiful yellow lab whom we affectionately call Bella.
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