“Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” (Ephesians 5:21)
Have you ever found yourself irritated with your spouse – not happy with him or her very much – even though you know you love your spouse? Most of us have had those days! It’s perfectly normal. No two people can live together for any length of time without once in awhile rubbing each other the wrong way.
What’s important is how you handle these kinds of times. If you let those feelings of hurt or disappointment take over – your marriage will suffer. You will create a rift in your relationship. So you have to make a choice. You have to decide to love. You may not feel loving, but if you decide to love, the feelings will follow.
You have to learn to demonstrate unconditional love to your spouse. Unconditional love is necessary for a strong marriage. Are you practicing unconditional love in your marriage? Here are some questions to consider:
* Have you accepted your spouse’s failures or weaknesses?
* Do you support your spouse, or do you see his or her weakness as projects to fix.
* Are you afraid to be honest because your spouse might not accept you?
There is a huge difference between unconditional love and conditional love. Conditional love blames a person, expects things in return, and asks for more. Unconditional love accepts the person, expects nothing in return and sacrifices.
Conditional love says:
* I will love you only if..
* I don’t know if I can handle the tough times. If things get too bad I’m outta here.
* I might not be able to forgive you if you tell me.
Unconditional love says:
* I will love you even if…
* I will stay with you no matter what. I will always love you, even in the tough times.
* I know I’ll still love you if you tell me.
Our spouse isn’t perfect and we were blessed to get to know them intimately and on a deeper level then others. We are the ones who sees all his or her faults and fears. What do you do with what you know about your spouse?
* Do you tease your spouse with hurtful words?
* Worse, do you tease your spouse with hurtful words in front of others?
* Do you put your spouse down?
* Do you withhold your love until your spouse corrects certain faults?
If you answered “yes” to a majority of these questions, you are loving conditionally and creating a huge rift in the fabric of your marriage. If you continue loving with conditions, it can at any moment become a large tear between you.
Conditional love creates a marriage in which each spouse is more concerned with getting his or her own way, instead of showing their spouse grace and love.
Your response and connection to your spouse are crucial to the health of your marriage and family. Your expression of unconditional love and acceptance is the force that will hold you together in the midst of the testing times in your marriage. Your standing with each other in the painful times as well as the good times is one of the primary elements of a great marriage.
If you love each other conditionally, you’ll end up living like two immature children – each trying to get your own way and resenting the other person when you don’t. You may still be married, but you’ll miss our on the joy of a great marriage. Also, husbands and wives who don’t get unconditional love in their marriage may look for it somewhere else. And while they’re looking for that unconditional love – they’re pulling away from their spouse.
Learning unconditional love is worth it, but it’s not always easy. Giving your spouse the security of your unwavering love requires grace, patience, affirmation of the good things, encouragement, respect and time. Even when you don’t feel like showing love, do it anyway. You need it; your spouse needs it; your marriage needs it..
Here are some tips on how to keep your dream marriage alive.
Talk through the issues. Communicate freely with each other and keep no inappropriate secrets.
Love each other deeply, without strings. Forgive your spouse when you are wronged and seek forgiveness when you offend.
Begin each day by asking, “What can I do for you?” Eagerly seek to discover and meet each other’s needs.
Hang tough. Pray without ceasing. Instead of caving in to difficult circumstances, face and conquer them.
Focus on Christ, and love your spouse. Consciously guard yourselves against threats and temptations that could pull your marriage apart.
Pray together daily. Stay close. Work at maintaining emotional, physical and spiritual closeness.
Keep the chemistry with your spouse alive. Be committed to keeping your relationship fresh.
Keeping your marriage strong, vibrant and fresh isn’t always easy. But if you put in the time and effort, you’ll discover how truly amazing your marriage can be.
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: and I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.” (John 10:27-29)
Heavenly Father, Even before we got married, we had dreams for our future. Our lives were planned out. But soon we discovered that things tend to change. Life happens, and every once in a while you’re given a detour. Some of those detours were quick and easy. Others had us wondering what You were up to, where You were taking us, and how soon our trials would end, but through every change and every trial, Your love remained constant. Help us to trust in Your plan when it doesn’t match ours. Give us the strength to hold onto our faith when we can’t see the path. There isn’t a trial we can’t endure when we’re leaning on You. There isn’t a weight we can’t bear when You carry us through. Keep leading the way, Lord, and make our steps steady and sure, and Thank you for my spouse. In Jesus’ we pray. Amen.
“Happy Birthday to my beautiful wife Tina today. (In picture above) I Love you. I am so blessed to have you in my life”
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