Putting Christ at the Center of Your Marriage
It takes three to make a marriage stand. Not two – three. You, your spouse and Christ.
God never meant for you to go through your marriage just with the two of you working on it. Marriage is a three-legged stool. It takes three legs for stability. If all you’ve got in your marriage is each other, it isn’t enough. You need you, your spouse and God.
So, ask yourself: is God at the center of your marriage? Is he your foundation? Is he in the middle of the decisions you and your spouse make? Do you go to him first when you and your spouse have a conflict? Do you pray for your spouse?
Colossians 2:2 “I want them to be encouraged and knit together by strong ties of love. I want them to have complete confidence that they understand God’s mysterious plan, which is Christ himself. 3In him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”
We live in hurricane country. We all know that if you don’t have a strong foundation and a plan, when the hurricane comes, your home is going to fall apart. In the same way, your marriage must have a solid foundation and a plan because you’re going to face a lot of hurricanes in life. You’re going to have some health hurricanes. You’re going to have some financial hurricanes. You’re going to have some emotional hurricanes. You’re going to have all kinds of different problems and stresses and storms and hurricanes in your life, and if you don’t have a solid foundation for your home it’s not going to be stable.
What is the foundation? Jesus Christ. The best thing you can do for your marriage is open your life to Jesus Christ. If you want a strong marriage, become a godly man. Do you want a strong marriage? Become a godly woman.
How do you do that?
First you open up your life to Jesus Christ. Second, you commit your life and your marriage to Jesus. Third, you get involved in a small group where you’re going to get the support your need.
You can read your Bible all you want and pray all you want and your marriage isn’t going to get any better. It takes more than reading your Bible and prayer. You’ve got to DO what the Bible says and work on the things that God tells you to work on. But if you will both love God with all your heart, and if you will both do what He tells you to do in marriage – you can have an outstanding, incredible, great, strong, healthy marriage no matter what the past has been like. It’s your choice.
Good marriages don’t just happen. They are intentional. What you put into it is what you’re going to get out of it.
Today could be a fresh start for your marriage. Put Christ in the center.