Marriage is not exempt from suffering. Some of you may be saying to yourself, “Marital suffering, that I understand. I’ve done plenty of it!”
“The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.” Romans 8:16-17
In your marriage, remember that when one of you suffers, you both suffer. Our responsibility is to be of support and encouragement to our mates. Plenty of people are willing to tear you down, but you should never be your partner’s enemy, for you are called to be a team. This is not to say that marriage does not hold times of great joy and gladness (Jeremiah 33:11). Marriage has the potential to be one of the most gratifying decisions you ever make.
How do you respond to your spouses “times of suffering”? Are you supportive? In what ways? Are you annoyed or made uncomfortable by the tears/frustrations of your spouse? Why? Men, do you rush to “fix” your mate rather than take the time to listen? What are some action steps you could take to be more attentive to your spouse’s emotional struggles?
©2014 Eric A. Disney, Marriage by Design
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