A hen and a pig were ambling down the road one day when a truck roared past bearing the sign, "HAM AND EGGS." "See," clucked the chicken, "you and I are partners." "Yes," snorted the hog, "but for you it's a day's work, for me it's a total commitment." Christian commitment also needs to be total. Christians mature as they support each other on their spiritual journeys and give themselves in total Christian commitment to one another.✞
Committed husbands and wives are also encouraged by one another in spending time together, holding hands and just simply talking. Mentoring in a Christian marriage means making a commitment to the other person for Christian marriage involves total commitment. Saint Paul comments in Ephesians 5.33 "However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband."
But the apex of the mentoring process is the commitment of a Christian to Jesus Christ. The "Bride of Christ" or the "bride," or the "Lamb's wife" are terms used in the Gospels, Revelation, the Epistles plus other related verses in the Old Testament. Sometimes, the "Bride" is implied by calling "Jesus the Bridegroom." For over 1500 years, the "Church" has been identified as the "bride betrothed to Christ." Our love for Jesus is a reflection, albeit imperfectly, of Christ's love for his bride, the church.✞