Just sitting here at work, eating a per-lunch snack, and thinking.
Why does it seem so easy for many Christians to quit on marriage when things get hard? If you think about your marriage in relation to Christ and the church, the Lord puts up with way more garbage than any of us does from our spouse (or will from future spouses).
I am obviously not married right now, so it’s easy for me to say, I suppose. But isn’t this whole thing – I mean our lives as Christians – about perseverance and future hope? How do we reconcile the expectations of Christian life with quitting on a marriage – separating what “god has joined together” by His will? We can’t.
So many faithful believers have stumbled in this regard, I never want to be complacent. Please pray for my fiancé and I.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. (Hebrews 12:1, 2a NIV)
Pray that we run our race well.
We ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for one another is increasing. Therefore, among God’s churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring. All this is evidence that God’s judgment is right, and as a result you will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering. (2 Thessalonians 1:3-5 NIV)
May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance. (2 Thessalonians 3:5 NIV)
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. (Romans 5:1-5 NIV)