Marriage is so often entered into based solely upon physical, financial, emotional and/or intellectual attraction; with little regard for the spiritual. I did this and have seen it in many people who come to my office for a divorce. When we choose a marriage partner without regard to our spiritual health, we choose a much tougher path than God intended.

People “fall in love.”

However, a love which is not rooted in God’s perfect love is typically based upon an expectation of reciprocation.  When the reciprocation repeatedly falls short of our expectations, it produces misery, or the marriage simply falls apart. However, when both people love God first, marriage becomes a sacred trust and friendship built upon the love of God, which is unchanged by circumstances or any life events which typically tear marriages apart.  

When God is loved above the other person, His love produces selflessness, confidence, contentment, security, trust, humility—which are the opposite of the characteristics which tear up a marriage—selfishness, jealousy, roving eyes, insecurity, suspicion, pride, etc. So much grief could be spared if both parties entered marriage with God as the center of their lives.  God designed marriage as a beautiful picture of His love and sacrifice for us.

“For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now, as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her…In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.” (Ephesians‬ 5‬:23-25, 28‬) The greatest submission of oneself is to love as God does! It is also a source of some of the greatest blessings!  

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