Marriage is A LOT.
That’s not a bad thing though. The things in our lives that are a lot are usually the things that last the longest and are worth every moment.
As Christians, we know when it comes to marriage it’s more than the wedding, the big gown, the number of bridesmaids, and the number of people on the guest list. We know marriage is a LOT. Why? Because we know about the commitment shown to us by God in his pursue of us throughout the ages. We know, he is a vast and loving God who asks the world of us. Let’s face it, he is a selfless God which in turn means he asks us to serve. We’re always in service, and that’s what marriage is. Marriage is service to one another which ultimately leads back to our God.
Personally, I think great marriages can be identified in a few ways. In my humble opinion, a marriage that survives the test of time, and the world is between two people who forgive easily, are great servants, and are always seeking more of God. No marriage is perfect because we’re nowhere near perfect, but there are plenty of wonderful marriages that can be for us great examples of what a marriage should be.
Christ gives us perfect examples of what marriage is, and what it should be. He showed us through his sacrifice, through the giving of himself to the point of death, and through his consistent forgiveness. Not in that particular order of course, but he was consistent. He wasn’t just forgiving at one time, rather, all that he did point to one specific characteristic – loving/caring.
Do you remember ever seeing verse 1 corinthians 13: 4-8, and a note attached to it that says to replace love with the name of your significant other, and if it’s not true then don’t pursue the relationship? Well, I have, and for reference, here’s the verse, and I would ask you to replace love with your name, and the name of your partner.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
You’ll notice that Jesus’s name fits perfectly in the place of love in this verse as well. I promise you that if you and your partner are practicing, and putting into action all that this verse speaks of, you’ll not only have a God-centered marriage, you’ll have a wonderful marriage. Marriage is a LOT, but so are we as Christians, and we were made to be exceptional, not mediocre.
You got this!
Praying for you and your spouse.