“For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. This is a profound mystery–but I am talking about Christ and the church. However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.” Ephesians 5:31-33
Successful and healthy marriages begin with and endure through an unwavering covenant of commitment that a husband and wife make to each other and to God. In order to achieve a successful outcome, there must be a profound resolve within each individual and together as a couple that says regardless of the obstacles confronted,
“We will face this together.”
“We will work it out together living in God’s mercy and Grace.”
God’s intention for marriage burns with fulfillment and satisfaction toward us. His desire is for husband and wife to live together and share their life dreams, goals, desires, longings, and sexual wholeness. All these are to be realized in such a way that both male and female grow as one whole, but also as individuals, and with all honor and respect to their unique identities.
Marriages are being attacked as never before from powerful forces both within the marriage relationship; unforgiveness, self-centeredness, anger, unfaithfulness, lack of commitment, and from external forces imposed by cultural, societal, and economic pressures. Some estimates now suggest that almost 50 percent of marriages will end in divorce (American Psychological Association). Other research suggests that “Christian” marriages are not immune to this destruction. Without strong homes and marriages, we cannot have a well functioning society, church, or country.
As a couple, consider praying the following prayers.
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Contributor: Rick Creasy, Cleveland, Tennessee, www.rickcreasy.com