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Our theme verse, Ephesians 5:31-33, sets the stage: “A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one. This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one. So again I say, each man must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.”
Learning from the Good
Almost everyone has encountered the impact of divorce, either personally or through someone close. This series is not just about avoiding pitfalls but about studying successful marriages. Good marriages don’t happen by accident; someone decides to put in the work. January, known for a surge in divorce filings, highlights the challenges couples face, from holiday stresses to the blues of winter. If your marriage feels fragile, remember, God can do extraordinary things even with what seems ordinary.
God’s Extraordinary Plans
Before making any decisions about your relationship, join us for all four weeks of this series. We open with some light-hearted wisdom from kids on love and marriage, but our anchor is Isaiah 55:11: “It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.” We are here to explore what Scripture says about successful marriages because relationships flourish when done God’s way.
The Key Verse
The series revolves around Philippians 2:5, urging us to have the same mindset as Christ Jesus in our relationships. Unhealthy opinions about relationships often stem from influences like movies, pornography, romance novels, and social media, creating unrealistic fantasies. God’s plan, summed up in Philippians 2:5, is to “Give more, expect less.” This principle may not work for everyone, but it holds transformative power for most.
Dealing with Dissatisfaction
Dissatisfaction in marriage can be a silent killer. Feeling you’re giving more than receiving can lead to disaster. Just as an orange yields orange juice when squeezed, our reactions under pressure reveal what’s inside us. Our goal is to destroy dissatisfaction, not by demanding more from our spouses, but by adjusting our expectations. Expect less, and you’ll likely find more satisfaction. The
James 1:19 guides us: “You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.” Applying this mindset to our marriages involves sacrificing our desire to be heard and focusing on truly listening to our spouses. Christ on the cross exemplified this sacrificial love, and we aim to embody it in our relationships. Join us on this journey to explore God’s timeless wisdom and practical advice for fixing and fortifying your marriage. By the end of this series, we believe you’ll find renewed hope, deeper understanding, and practical tools to navigate the beautiful and challenging landscape of marriage.
Did you like Fix Your Marriage – Week 1? If so, check out more of our Sunday teachings here.