Monday, February 5, 2018

Resilient Faith

We often write about what it takes to have a great marriage, how to maintain or strive for it. If you’re reading this, you might be thinking, “That’s great, but we are a long way from a great marriage.” I’m here to encourage you, my friend. No, it’s not easy, and your marriage might feel pretty terrible right now, for whatever reason.  Working on your marriage will be challenging. Anything worth fighting for usually is. Our spouse is the one we love the most but also hurt the most.

It doesn’t happen overnight. Good choices stacked on good choices take time to add up to healing, and God still has the biggest part in it. He is for you, though, and He gave you an incredible tool to keep going: faith. Faith? Really? It seems basic. You hear about it everywhere, and there has to be a more complicated explanation. Let’s dive deeper.

To build toward a happier relationship, it will take time. Tough times require resilience and faith produces resilience. 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 says “We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but we are never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.” Feeling despair?  Or crushed? God has faith for that.

Hebrews 11:1 says that faith is the substance of things hoped for. How do we have faith? We trust in Him. When we consciously decide to trust in God for something, He gives us faith. He gives us hope, and He gives us strength. If you’ve ever been hurt, you know trust is not easy. Know this, though: He is good, and He has good things for both of you. Decide to believe it; say it out loud over and over again. Be tenacious. Don’t stop. He will supply you with resilience when you think you can’t do it anymore. He loves both of you more than you can imagine, and He wants to supply the needs of your marriage.


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