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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Why Christian Marriages Fail

Expert Author Wanda Collins
Many couples get married with the idea that their spouse is responsible for making them happy. Unfortunately, when the other spouse fails to live up to their expectations, a breakdown in the marriage begins. "Well, they're supposed to make me happy, aren't they?" To some degree you're correct. But the problem comes in when you expect them to make you happy. It's your expectations of the other person that pushes the demolition ball into motion.
If each spouse would instead lay down their expectations of what they want out of marriage, and take on the mind set of "I'm going to make my mate happy even if it's not reciprocated", then perhaps marriage success stories would out number the increasing divorce rate among Christians.
Look at it this way, Christian marriage is a ministry and you are the minister. The word minister means to serve. You must forget about what your spouse is and is not doing, and do what your Heavenly Father requires of you. Start ministering to your mate today by demonstrating the fruit of the Spirit; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). Minister to them when they've gotten on your last nerve, minister to them, when you've had it up to here. Minister to them when your flesh is screaming they don't deserve you.
"But you don't know my spouse", you say. Your right, I don't know your spouse but I do know that love covers a multitude of sins. I also know that if you took this approach, it would please your Heavenly Father. Now, isn't that what it's all about? Pleasing your Heavenly Father. And all this time you thought it was about you.
Wanda Collins and M J Collins,
Nehemiah Family Ministries
Free Advice and Help for Your Christian Marriage
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