Anyone who has been married for any length of time will tell you the same thing about marriage:it is both difficult and a blessing. While every marriage is different, there are always challenges to be overcome on a variety of levels. However, this is also a beautiful picture of Christ and the church. Paul illustrates God's love for the church through the image of a bride and groom. In this way, marriage can be something that puts God's love for us on display to the world.