Protect your Marriage

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Have you not put a hedge around him and his house and all that he has, on every side?

Job 1:10


When I was married, I did everything I knew to do to protect it. I wasn’t the perfect wife, but I was faithful in spirit, mind, and body. It was never my thought nor intention to be divorced; yet this has become my path and I’ve learned to accept it over time. As I witness family members and friends marry, I want to do everything I can to help them protect their marriage. Divorce and separation are a heart wrenching experience that I would wish on no one.

Yet, it can happen to the very best of Christians if we don’t take the steps to protect marriage. Pride, temptation, discontentment, and vanity are always across the street waiting for the unwise spouse to step over into their deceit. A wise husband and wife recognize that marriage in God’s eyes is a lifetime covenant rich with blessings even though there are times it’s tested. P.R.O.T.E.C.T. your marriage by:

P – Praying together as much as possible.
“Save us, we pray, O Lord! O Lord, we pray, give us success!” (Psalm 118:25)

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R – Recognizing that you both are being perfected in Christ and give grace.
“But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’” (James 4:6)

O – Organizing times to be alone together.
“Arise, my love, my beautiful one, and come away.” (Song of Solomon 2:13)

T – Training your heart and mind to not wander from the love of your life.
“I have made a covenant with my eyes; how then could I gaze at a virgin?” (Job 31:1)

E – Expecting the devil, the world, and the flesh to tempt your heart away from your spouse.
“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)

C – Calling on godly family members and friends to help grow your marriage.
“Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance.” (Proverbs 1:5)

T – Talking to each other openly about your struggles and doubts.
“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” (James 5:16)

Prayer

Dear Lord, help me to protect my marriage from separation or divorce. Lead us towards the lifetime path of a healthy and godly marriage. In Jesus’ name, amen.

In His Service,

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