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Strong Marriages and Families

And did not God make you and your wife one flesh? Did not One make you and preserve your spirit alive? And why did God make you two one? Because He sought a godly offspring from your union. Therefore take heed to yourselves, and let no one deal treacherously and be faithless to the wife of his youth (Malachi 2:15 -Amplified). The will of God is that once you’re married, stay married for life. That is always God’s best. Yes, there are innocent victims of divorce. When a spouse chooses to sin and leaves his or her marriage partner for another, that leaves an innocent person behind. The Father understands the hurt and pain that brings. But if you’re married, work on the relationship! Don’t allow the enemy to pit you against one another! Children suffer the most when a marriage dissolves. A culture is weakened when a marriage ends. So we must be diligent to keep our marriages strong and we must be willing to weather the storms that life brings our relationship. If you’re married and you’re reading this, let me encourage you to renew your commitment to your spouse before God. The enemy is bringing an all out assault on the family today. Be aware of his desire to pull at your family and hinder your marriage. Marriage is a relationship that can create great personal growth! You’re married to a person with habits, responses, thoughts, opinions, and ideas that may be quite unlike your own! As believers, we are called to walk in love, and that means accepting others at face value. It means treating your neighbor the way you want to be treated. This starts in marriage! We’re called to live an unselfish life. God’s goal for us is not that everything pleases us and that everything goes just the way we want it to go! His goal for us is that we mature in Christ and learn to get along with others even when they don’t please us! He wants us to learn to smile when we don’t get our way! Guard your marriage today by praying for your mate. Ask the Father to make you the spouse that your partner needs! Make a choice before God to do something every day to strengthen your marriage! Take time to communicate your heart. If you’re divorced, don’t allow the enemy to condemn you. Walk in the mercy and forgiveness of the Father. Allow the Father to heal the hurts and wounds. Forgive and release the weight of anger and resentment. Expect the Father to guide you into His best for you right now. We are watching the breakdown of our culture today. The assault on marriage is affecting our children! The family is being pulled by social pressure to fragment. Pray for those around you. Ask the Father to strengthen marriage. Call couples by name and hold them before the Father. Guard you life and your family. Walk closely with the Lord. Watch what you allow in your eyes and ears! Refuse the social pressure to live selfishly. Be a lover. Be a giver. Be a problem solver. Be a person of integrity. Resist the pulls of the flesh and the world. Commit yourself to the Father every day to be a person that will make the world a better place to live. And let that commitment begin in your home!

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