A successful marriage doesn’t require a lot of money, a big house, a perfect spouse, or a big expensive car. You can have all the above and still have a miserable and empty marriage. A successful marriage requires selfless and sacrificial love, honesty, undying commitment and Jesus at the center of it all.
Every marriage should be guarded against external interferences. A married person must be very cautious about having a friend of the opposite sex. Ideally, your spouse should be your best friend. Pouring out your heart and sharing your emotions and feelings with someone of the opposite sex other than your spouse is emotional unfaithfulness; it displaces your spouse from her rightful position in your heart. It creates an emotional distance between you and your spouse. Your spouse doesn’t have to compete for your emotional attention with anyone. Most sexual encounters outside marriage are preceded by casual innocent friendships and inappropriate emotional intimacy. Safeguard your marriage; honor and respect your spouse by cutting all inappropriate friendships and intimate ties with people of the opposite sex. You belong only to your spouse. “The two shall become one flesh.” Genesis 2:24. “Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” Mark 10:9.
Marriage is not for the show. It doesn’t really matter what outsiders think about your marriage, only God is the sole audience of your marriage. Some couples go out of their way to improve the cosmetic appearances of their marriages to impress outsiders while inwardly their marriages are falling apart. While extravagant weddings and anniversaries; expensive gifts and exotic vacations may impress outsiders, they really don’t add value to marriage; often they leave couples buried under insurmountable debt. The most important things in life that really add value to your marriage are free; these are sacrificial love, respect, courtesy, submission, affection, intimacy, honesty, companionship, commitment and admiration. Turn your eyes away from people and purpose together to apply these simple and free divine marriage principles and watch God turn your marriage into a happy, healthy, satisfying and long-lasting holy union
Husbands: The reason why other women look attractive is that someone is taking good care of them. Grass is always greener where it is watered. Instead of drooling over the green grass on the other side of the fence, work on yours and water it regularly. Any man can admire a beautiful woman, but it takes a true gentleman to make his woman admirable and beautiful - Isaac Kubvoruno
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