Marriage requires maintenance.
Marriage is to be the most intimate and committed relationship. In order to keep that noble position, a marriage must be continually groomed and maintained.
As life progresses, so do people. We change (hopefully for the better), and so do our spouses. My husband and I have been married for sixteen years, and we are not the same people we were on our wedding day. Sometimes this helps our marriage, and sometimes this makes things more challenging.
A husband and wife are two, intricate creatures who have joined themselves together. They have become one, yet they are still individuals. A husband and a wife may have different interests, personalities, opinions, and goals. In addition to that, a husband and wife are human. They have the potential to sin – to say and do things that will hurt their spouse.
Usually the degrading of a marriage comes
through the little sins we commit everyday.
Catch us the foxes,
the little foxes that spoil the vines,
For our vines have tender grapes.
This is how we need to think! We need to catch the little foxes that are spoiling our marriages so we can preserve our most valuable relationship!
Each day we must be seeking to maintain our marriages. We need to watch for the little arguments and differences that seek to place a wedge between us and our spouses and deal with them.
We must forgive.
We must be gracious.
We must seek to love our spouses more than ourselves.
When we do this, our marriages will thrive and be the testimony they are supposed to be.