Nourish your Marriage Covenant

An article my mother just mailed me described how Dietrich Bonhoeffer would preach at marriage ceremonies and give this counsel to young couples:

“Today you are much in love, and you feel that love will sustain your marriage.  It wouldn’t.  But marriage can sustain your love.”

I think his point was that merely “feeling” in love won’t sustain a marriage.  Committing yourself to your marriage covenant as a holy sacrament will sustain you, even during those difficult & “dry” times, even beyond the emotions, circumstances, and feelings of the moment.

Continue those small yet vital daily “rituals” of marriage.  They are essential.  Say “I love you” every day (even if you may not feel like it.)  Say, “I forgive you.”   Complement each other.  Show consideration for your spouse before yourself.  Consider your spouse first.  Serve your spouse sacrificially.

If you activate your words and actions for one another out of sacrificial love, then the “feelings” and fruitfulness of love will eventually follow.

My parents celebrated 60 years of marriage in 2012.  This Thursday (Aug 13) would have marked 63 years.  (My father died in December 2012).  I thank God and my parents for their example of a Godly marriage.

Now, more than ever, our country and our world needs your example of a Godly, Genesis:1 marriage that not only stays intact, but thrives and displays God’s love for us through His Son, Jesus.  Marriage is more than a mere document.  It’s a sacrament and a holy covenant.  Guard it and nourish it, daily.

“Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.  For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word.”  (Ephesians 5:1-2, 25-26)

Live a Life of No Regrets.
Live a Marriage of No Regrets.
Love your spouse sacrificially.

[KNOW GOD – no regrets] -Robert

One thought on “Nourish your Marriage Covenant”

  1. Another great story and so many need to hear this today cause marriages just are not as they should be and people treat it as if it means nothing. Its not always easy but if you love through Jesus it is amazing how great it is…

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