Today, we’d like to touch on something that many of us can relate to in one way or another. According to statistics from the American Psychological Association, about 40 to 50 percent of marriages fail in the United States (https://www.apa.org).
The American Psychological Association also shows that the divorce rate for subsequent marriages is even higher.
Whether growing up in a home where your parents were divorced, or you or a loved one have been or are going through a divorce, we can all understand that marriage takes a lot of work and love.
A famous comedian in a movie once said, “being married for years, that’s real romance and believe me, it’s a war; brutal, exhausting.” Sure, relationships take work and love, but we have a hope in and unconditional love from Jesus that surpasses any struggles we may have.
God’s living Word demonstrates what love really is…
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy…” 1 Corinthians 13:4-13
“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.” Ephesians 5:25
I don’t know about you, but these verses are pretty clear and intense. GOD IS LOVE and He is telling us to love our wives, just as Christ loves the church. I can tell you that this seems like a daunting task, because I know that loving my wife the way Christ loved us is difficult for someone like me who constantly stumbles and falls.
Thank God he loves us so much that we don’t have to do it alone.
A husband and wife can work together to get through anything, with the help of God. Thankfully, we have been blessed with an awesome God who tells us that, “though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:12
Lord, we thank you for helping us through any situation. Please allow us to understand that You need to be the foundation in our marriages; the third strand in our cords that will make our marriages successful.