COMMITMENT AS THE YEARS GO BY

21 Dec

COMMITMENT AS THE YEARS GO BY

I have never hesitated to tell Barbara I love her.  But I remember one time when I felt especially surprised by her reply.

We had been married a number of years, and perhaps on that day she wanted actions to back up my words.  “Well, I know you love me.”  she said.  “But you’re supposed to.  You’re my husband.”

When she saw how her words puzzled me, she then explained that many things test commitment in marriage—and perhaps nothing tests it more than the passage of years.  “When you first marry,” Barbara concluded, “you declare your commitment and trust to a person you hardly know.”

Isn’t that amazing?  You think you know all about your life partner—but in reality, you probably see just the tip of the iceberg.

No matter what struggles you work through, no matter how many heated discussions you have until 2 A.M., each of you should know, without a shadow of doubt, no escape clause exists in your marriage vows.  In the end, your commitment needs to rest on just one thing: Your faith in the God who brought you together.  That bedrock should be like a granite foundation, rock solid and immovable.

NOTE:  This article is from the book Family Life and Marriage Bible by Dennis and Barbara Rainey.

NOTE:  Daily there is a new post to help your marriage succeed.

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