By Design


Worthwhile Work

As we go about the work of growing our marriage relationships and building strong families, we can take heart that our “labor is not in vain in the Lord.” Our work is worthwhile.

Consistency is key in our marriages. We must be “steadfast, immovable, always abounding.” To our spouse, we must remain dependable, trustworthy, and committed. We must be stubbornly and uncompromisingly devoted to the vows that we made before God and our family and friends.

Consistency compliments before it criticizes. Consistency appreciates instead of compares. Consistency yields instead of attempts to control. Consistency loves unconditionally. Consistency communicates instead of dictates.

Sacrificial love involves an act of the will, as well as the emotions. It is a decision to consider the needs of another person before our own, to take the necessary actions to benefit and bless our spouse, and to determine to protect and preserve our marriages.

We have the ability to abolish the power struggles in our marriages. We may not be able to influence the political or economic power struggles in our culture today, but God has given us impact and influence in our homes. We must resolve to submit to God and to serve one another as we raise our children in “the nurture and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4). This is worthwhile work.

Today's Blessing:

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. May your marriage remain steadfast and immovable, a relationship that reflects His glory and accomplishes His purposes. In Jesus’s name, amen.