September 8, 2013
Honor your vows. Honor the covenant that was made between you and God. Love your spouse. Marriage takes work. It is worth it. Do the work. Cherish your spouse.
"So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate” (Matthew 19:6). No man; that means each other too. When marriages fail, the two that become one are torn apart.
I was once shown a visual that has stuck in my brain. Take two pieces of paper and glue them together from corner to corner, and let them dry; now try tearing those two papers apart without remnants of one being on the other. It is impossible. "Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken" (Ecclesiastes 4:12). Two can withstand, three (add God!) is not quickly broken. If you allow God to be the head or your marriage, it will be strong, not without challenge, but doable.
Go and tell your spouse you love them, even if you don’t feel like it. The response may amaze you. If you are struggling, pray, and seek help from those around you. Listen to wise counsel. Do your part to keep your marriage alive and thriving. Don’t give up… Ever.