Did you go into marriage expecting a fairytale ending? I did. Disney really sold me on the whole idea of a brave knight on a white stead who would ride in, gallantly sweep me off my feet, carry me into the sunset… and we would live happily ever after. Disney lied – or at least omitted all the daily things – all the things a wife endures in Marriage (yes, even a Christian Marriage).
Who Said Love is Patient and Kind?
For our study, we are looking at 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
“Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act disrespectfully or unbecomingly; it does not seek it’s own, is not provoked to anger, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness but rejoices with the truth;bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, enduring all things. Love never fails.”
Each word builds upon the last creating a Marriage that is Rock Solid
But can a Christian Marriage really Endure All things?
To answer that question we need to understand what that word means in the original language.
Love endures all things means that Love remains in a place instead of leaving when it gets hard.
Life gets hard… doesn’t it ladies?!?! I know I am not the only one dealing with hard things. When his sin is living in the same house as my sin… life can get messy. Shoot – even when we are both doing things in a godly way – thing still seem to get hard.
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Why should we stay in this Marriage – when it gets hard?
It is tempting to leave, quite, try again with someone else – when life gets hard. When we’ve tried everything and nothing helps. How do we Stick it out? Should we stick it out?
I want to start with the bigger picture and then narrow our focus.
My Christian Marriage is supposed to demonstrate God’s love, God’s way.
God’s love is amazing, unconditional and this lost world Needs it! They need to know that:
A. God never leaves us or forsakes us (Deut 31:6; Heb 13:5).
B. God is longsuffering with us, slow to anger, and full of grace and mercy toward us (Psalm 145:8).
I don’t know what your life has looked like, but mine has been a mess of disastrous mistakes and deliberate rebellion. I praise God He is an again kind of God who never gives up on me.
But it feels impossible to love like God loves.
Can we create a Marriage Where Love Endures All Things?
It wouldn’t be in God’s word if it were impossible… but it requires hard work on our part, it requires us to be intentional and in the Word of God.
Are you up for that?
Here are the First 3 things you can do today that will help create a Marriage that endures:
- We have to set aside the Cultures way of doing Marriage.
- They just have it wrong about too many things – and it is proven by the divorce rate!
- It will require us to relearn what Love is (We’ve been doing that in this series)
- God’s way of loving is a love that covers sin and leads to Hope and Joy!
- Love God’s way means praying and refreshing that love!
- Forgiveness has to become a way of life for us
I remember when this was taught to me…
‘I will never be able to do all of those things consistently’, I thought.
Honestly, what seemed impossible then is such a joy now. And it is a blessing to walk beside countless women who have chosen to be biblical wives with a love that endures!
God inspired me to write out so much of what He taught me. It is in this Bible Study… and
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Finding Hope and Joy in My Marriage – an online study for Wives Only
Today’s article is an excerpt from the Marriage Course Finding Hope and Joy in My Marriage. This is a self paced course designed for Wives Only -teaching us to live in our Marriage from a Biblical Worldview.
In this 9 Week study on Biblical Wifehood we will talk about:
- Desires Vs. Preferences
- My Mouth
- Appreciation & Admiration
- The Leader
- Understanding Men
- My Priorities
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