Marriage is hard. Sometimes couples slip apart. Sometimes they just let go.
We don’t always love well.
We don’t always live selfless lives.
We don’t always do what is best for the one we love.
We don’t always love the one we said we would spend the rest of our lives with.
We don’t always like each other.
We don’t always serve one another.
We aren’t always nice to each other.
We don’t always say kind words to one another.
We aren’t always in a good mood.
We don’t always have candlelit, romantic dinners.
We don’t always tell each other we love each other.
We don’t always look for ways to make the other smile.
We don’t always laugh together.
We don’t always agree with one another.
We don’t always pray for one another.
We don’t always support one another.
We don’t always help one another.
Husbands don’t always dwell with their wives according to knowledge.
Husbands don’t always love their wives as Christ loves the church.
Wives don’t always respect their husbands.
Wives don’t always submit to their husbands.
It’s sometimes hard to hold on when you’re weary or just so familiar with one another that you take each other for granted.
But the bottom line to marriage is that we have entered into a covenant relationship that has been sealed by the vows we made before God. Marriage is a covenant. It is to be a picture of Christ and the church.
It doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy. But so many quit when the going gets tough instead of toughing it out through the tough times and enjoying the sweet relationship that is developed through the hard times.
Genesis 2:22-24 says, “Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib, and he brought her to the man.“At last!” the man exclaimed. “This one is bone from my bone and flesh from my flesh! She will be called ‘woman,’ because she was taken from ‘man.’” This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.”
When dealing with the subject of divorce, Jesus shares these same verses in Matthew 19:3-19.
Marriage is seldom easy, but it’s always worth crossing the finish line together.
Today, I’m praying for those marriages that are standing in need of restoration. Hearts the have been broken and families that are on the brink of ruin.
Our God is a God of restoration and my prayer is that each hurting heart will give God time to do what only God can do. Restoration takes time. Hold on and let Jesus do what only Jesus can do… in both of you.
Are you struggling in your marriage? Do you have any suggestions for those who are?