I want to dig a little deeper into what I previously post in part 1. Marriage is one of the greatest examples of living for the kingdom of God. More than that, Jesus died for us and gave us the example of what marriage really is. Jesus is the bridegroom and we are the bride, he gave his life to save his bride and give us salvation! And when he returns, it is going to be the most glorious time ever!
Revelation 21:2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautiful dressed for her husband.
As I discussed in part 1 with the verses from Ephesians. A husband is to love his wife as Jesus loved the church. Husbands, your wife is your church, and your wife is to respect you in return. Being a husband is one of the most honorable responsibilities a man can take on. Your wife and children are looking for you as a leader. Your wife should always come before anything in this world. Forget about “guy time”, all the time, and hanging out until 2-3 am in the morning, likewise for the woman too. You shouldn’t have gotten married. Marriage is not a joke, it is a commitment, a God created covenant between man, woman, and God.
Marriage is certainly not easy and you will have bad times. You will have times when you struggle to say I love you or even look at each other. Arguments will happen and you will not always see eye to eye. But when you are arguing, be respectful and find a solution. Communication is critical in these times and talking things through.
James 1:19 everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger.
One of the most important things in marriage is forgiveness. Both of you make mistakes, forgiveness is essential to a lasting relationship with anyone, especially your husband or wife. If you do make a mistake, reflect on it and ask for forgiveness. Take action and atone for your mistakes. Marriage isn’t about finding the one who fills all your needs. Marriage is finding someone who you want by your side through everything that happens in life. It doesn’t matter who you marry, life is going to happen regardless. I would prefer to have someone I know that is going to have my back and respect me than having someone is just there to fill a superficial need of mine. Marriage is hard without a question, but it is one of most amazing things you can ever experience. You just have to learn how to forgive and respect each other.
Ephesians 4:31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgive each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
In closing, everyone has a role in a marriage and it takes everyone putting forward an honest effort. It takes a lot of patience and understanding, listening and speaking, trusting and respecting to make a marriage work. Jesus led the way and showed us what to do. If we put our focus on Him, everything else will fall into place. I pray that this may reach the heart of those in need and open the eyes of those who do not understand how important marriage is and what it means to be married. Thank you for your time and God bless you all!