I’m sure there have been those who have entered into marriage not knowing what they were doing. We all entered into it with some degree of ignorance because marriage is one of those things requiring constant learning. Talk about on the job training!
It might help for us to remember a few key ingredients that are necessary for a healthy marriage.
Many marriages are built on faulty foundations. Sadly, they don’t last. If you want a marriage that will stand the test of time and endure the storms of life, build it upon the right foundation of Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 3:11).
True commitment has nothing to do with convenience or circumstance. It has everything to do with character. Feelings come and go. Commitment remains.
Communication means more than just talking about the weather, the events of the day, or the highlights on ESPN. The root of the word is commune which speaks of intimate conversation. When you communicate you are not just sharing facts; you are sharing yourself.
Practice common courtesy. Be nice to one another. Commit random acts of kindness. You know, it isn’t always the big things that destroy a relationship. Sometimes it’s just the accumulation of a lot of little things – unkind words, insulting remarks, inconsiderate actions, and so on. If anyone ought to be kind, it should be a Christian. And the first person that kindness should be showered upon is your spouse. So do it (Eph. 4:31-32).
At RLA we believe in multi-generational ministry. That includes husbands and wives. So safeguard your marriage by remembering these key ingredients. And may God give you a marriage that lasts…for a lifetime!
Pastor Todd Weston