God wants to save your marriage. Will you let Him?
1. Accept His Daily Presence
Jesus Christ is relevant to daily life because He is with you day and night. His relevancy is real because His presence is real. He can change your marriage because He is present in your marriage.
Consider His words: “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:20). And, “I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. …you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you” (John 14:16-17).
2. Be Honest
Set aside time daily to be with God. But don’t just go through the motions, take off your mask! Be honest with Him as you pray, read His Word, and listen to His voice. He knows your heart already, so make your communication with Him genuine. This will guide you as you work to become sincere and gentle with your spouse.
Consider Hebrews 10:22: “Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith.” And 1 Peter 4:8: “Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.”
Jesus Christ introduced new concepts to humanity – unconditional love and repeated forgiveness. You ask how you can love your spouse? Look to Jesus. You ask how you can forgive him or her yet again? Look to Jesus. Because of His forgiveness of your sins, you are free to forgive your spouse’s … again and again and again.
Consider John 13:34: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” And Colossians 3:13: Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”
Recently, a couple I know celebrated 45 years of marriage. One of their secrets of success is periodically they take a weekend away just to forgive each other. Do you as couple take time away from home and just forgive each other for trepasses for that year? What can you do for your marriage?