Once the wedding is over and the guests have gone, we’re left alone with our spouse to live out what we've just promised. This is when most of us realize how selfish and arrogant we are and how difficult it really is to love our spouses “for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, 'till death do us part”.
It takes more than a whimsical “forever after” idea for a marriage to do more than survive; but thrive. A marriage only flourishes if we obey God’s command to love one another with a holy and sacrificial love that puts Christ first and our spouses second.
“Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves...Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord...Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands. Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her, that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word...However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.
Most of us know how to handle ourselves when our spouse gets sick with short-lived illness, but what do you do when your spouse is struck with health troubles that last for months, years or a lifetime?...[read full article]