The Greatest Miracle of Marriage
The great miracle of marriage is not love at first sight but still being in love after a long, long look. The challenge is not to fall in love but to stay in love. So, how do you keep the “honey” in “honeymoon”?
1 Peter 3:1-10; Genesis 12-25; Ecclesiastes 4:12; 1 Corinthians 11:3; 1 Timothy 6:8
- Faith. The husband and wife are heirs together, and a threefold cord is not easily broken. Keep faith in your marriage.
- Acceptance. Accept the roles of husbands and wives. The husband is the head of the home, and the wife is to be submissive to her husband. But that does not mean the wife is of any less value; we are equal in Christ.
- Contentment. Be content. Life is not about waiting to be happy until you have more and more material possessions. Even if you only have food and clothes, you are blessed. You don’t need fancy clothes and jewelry. External beauty fades, but inner beauty never will.
- Forgiveness. All married people must learn to forgive. Without forgiveness, your marriage will be destroyed like a home destroyed by termites. There are three levels of marriage based on your forgiveness:
- Hellish. Returning evil for good.
- Human: Returning good for good and evil for evil.
- Heavenly: Returning good for evil.
- Communication. If you disagree, you can’t freeze up, shout at each other, or disappear. You have to communicate, despite what differences you might have. You need to make a date with God, your kids and grandkids, yourself, and your spouse.
- Romance. Honor your spouse, compliment each other privately and publicly, and keep your romance alive.
- Prayer. Pray together and by yourself. Build your marriage in prayer.
Marriage doesn’t have to be perfect to be blessed. Abraham and Sarah are given as an example of great marriage, and they had plenty of problems. If they can make it, you can too. If you want to stay in love with your spouse, you must put God first in your marriage and put your spouse above everyone else.