Originally published July 2016
No one ever told you that the promise to love, honor, and cherish would be so much work. The adrenaline rush of new love makes love seem easy. Over time, though, paying the bills, negotiating the household, and general life stresses wear you down and leave you impatient with the one you promised to stay committed to until one of you dies. I know you promised for better or worse. But on that happiest of days, deep down you didn’t actually think there would be a worse.
But there is.
This world is not exactly rooting for you either. For people who call themselves Christian, Satan works extra hard to tear your marriages apart because he loves wreckage and wants to see you miserable. The people who live around you will minimize the damage that divorce can do to you: physically, emotionally, and financially. But the aftermath is real.
Yet there is hope. Jesus comes with grace and patience and kindness and understanding and says, “It is hard, but you can do anything. Not because you’re strong; I know you’re exhausted. Use my strength. We can do this.”
So today, using the strength that Jesus gives, here are seven ways to love your spouse, even if you don’t—or don’t want to.
Love can persevere. Pastor Phil talks about that in today's Your Time of Grace video. Check it out:
Linda Buxa is a writer, Bible study leader, and retreat speaker. She has some other ideas to keep your marriage strong in “8 Conversation Starters for Your Marriage.”
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