I think many of the problems married people face today stem from not seeing marriage the way God does. If we focus on our marriage vows and live them out how God intended, we would have less problems and less people would be heading for divorce, in my opinion.
God commands us to respect our husbands (no matter what) and for our husbands to love us (no matter what). I think the “no matter what” trips a lot of people up. They think to themselves, “but you don’t know my husband”, or “you don’t know how my wife can be”…. my response to that is….no, you are wrong, God does know. If BOTH spouses are obeying God’s commands….marriage works! It’s like He knows what He is doing or something.
“However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.” Ephesians 5:33
As an example of this topic, I want to share something with you. This past weekend, on Valentine’s Day, my husband had me read two blog posts by Gail and Michael Hyatt. Michael Hyatt is the CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishing, the largest publisher of Christian books and Gail is his wife. We follow Michael on twitter and also read his blog posts. I also follow Gail and it is very inspiring how much focus they both put on God first, and then their marriage. Read each of these posts and you’ll see what I mean. They seem to have a pretty good handle on marriage and making it work.
Click here to read Michael’s post from last Valentine’s Day entitled “What I Love About My Wife”.
Click here to read Gail’s response to Michael’s post. Gail’s is entitled “A Super-Human Husband?”.