The Battles in Becoming
Christian marriages experience the same problems as any marriage. In fact, Christian divorce rates are no different than that of everyone else; about 1 in 3. This is because all marriages are comprised of two very imperfect people. But divorce is not what God desires for marriages, in His word He tells us that He hates it.
• Be as nice to your spouse as you would be to your friends.
Ephesians 4:32 (NIV) says “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” With this verse at the heart of marriage, we can avoid many battles altogether.
• Keep everything in perspective and seek to not be offended.
If it won’t matter in five years, let it go. Does the fact that he squeezes the toothpaste in the middle instead of from the bottom matter? Proverbs 19:11(NIV) says “A man’s wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense.” If it continues to drive you crazy, buy separate toothpaste. Do whatever it takes to avoid unnecessary conflict.
• Always, always remember why you married them in the first place.
Don’t get hung up on their imperfections. If you are honest, you have plenty of flaws too. Ephesians 4:2 (AMP) says “…bearing with one another and making allowances because you love one another”.
• Don’t say it just because you think it.
Sometimes the biggest blessing we can give our spouse is to keep our mouth shut. Remember Proverbs 10:19 (NIV) “When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.”
• Don’t be passive in your marriage.
Love is so much more than a feeling; it is an active choice. Colossians 3:14(NIV) tell us “And over all these virtues, put on love”. It takes action to get dressed, to put something on. Emotions are fickle. Even when you don't feel it, treat your spouse as if you love them.
• Invite God to be a full part of the marriage.
Pray with and for your spouse….not for them to change but for God to change you to be their perfect partner. Romans 12:12 (NIV) “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction and faithful in prayer.”