Are You Keeping Your Marriage Promises?

devotional_marriage promises.jpgI find it ironic that today’s headlines are about politicians wanting to keep their promises this year … as though it is an unusual thing to do.  Isn’t it amazing how we as a culture have become so lax in keeping our commitments? 

As followers of Jesus Christ, we can be thankful that we have a promise keeping Heavenly Father.  He has promised to never to leave us nor forsake us, to forgive us, and to deliver us from temptation and so much more. 

Since we’re commanded to love our spouses the same way Jesus loves us in Ephesians 5, we should be committed to keeping these promises that we made to one another as husbands and wives.  Let’s take a closer look:

God has promised “Never leave nor forsake” (Hebrews 13:5):  You probably made this vow on your wedding day … “to forsake all others,” and to “remain faithful until death do us part.” 

We think of this promise in the context of never geographically leaving or physically separating from our spouses; we should not abandon or desert them.  But, I believe there is so much more to this promise!  Unfortunately, at our Fan the Flame Marriage Intensives, we see couples who live in the same house but have deserted and abandoned each other emotionally, physically and spiritually.  This is not the oneness that God intended for us to enjoy; nor is it what we promised to one another. 

God has promised to forgive us. (I John 1:9):  It’s great to know that there is no sin God is not ready and willing to forgive us from!  We, as His children, are to be just as forgiving of those who “sin against us.”  So, don’t let hours of unforgiveness toward your spouse sneak into days … because those days too easily morph into months, years or decades!  God’s desire is for us to always be in a state of forgiveness and reconciliation … make it yours’s too.

God has promised to deliver us from temptation (I Corinthians 10:13):  So let’s not let the temptation to break the promises we’ve made to each other be successful.  Greater is He who lives in you than he who is in the world.