HOW IS YOUR MARRIAGE?
We can all use a little more Unity.
Marriage is meant to be so much more than just physical union and a combining of households and finances, and these reasons go beyond just happiness and contentment for the couple.
In John 17, Jesus is praying for the unity of all believers, but unity between spouses is critical to a successful marriage, too. And the point of the prayer, the ultimate effect of unity among believers (and between a wife and husband) is “so that the world may know that [God] sent [Jesus] and loved [believers] even as [God] loved [Jesus]” John 17:23. Obviously Jesus wasn’t talking about physical unity, He was asking for spiritual unity among believers.
Spiritual unity isn’t about giving up your identities and individuality. Rather, spiritual unity means that both of you are willing to align your desires and goals with God’s plan for your marriage. How can you find this plan and build unity? You can begin with doing things together like:
- Praying together.
- Reading Scripture together and talking about it after over Tea or Coffee.
- Taking time to listen to God. He might speak to you through a good friend or pastor. Perhaps you’ll feel a certain tug on your heart when you read Scripture together.
Spiritual unity with your spouse can strengthen your relationship and your level of satisfaction with your marriage. But the ultimate reason to work toward unity with your spouse isn’t just because it’s easier to get along with each other, but because it shows the world God’s love.
Try a Prayer Topic: Unity
- Ask God to unite you and your spouse so that your marriage is strengthened and so your unity is an example to others.
Talk to your spouse more:
- Ask your spouse how he or she sees your marriage as an example of God’s love.
- Ask your spouse what the two of you can do to align with each other and with God’s will.
Additional Scriptures on unity
1 Peter 3:8-9
Additional information on unity in marriage
Marriage Is a Battle … But Not Against Each Other
Unity in Marriage
We believe that a healthy church starts with each family and we are always ready to pray for you or help in any way we can. Feel free to reach out to us by talking to a leader or contact us through social media. May God bless you and your marriage and give you wonderful unity this season. Thank you to Focus on the Family for this devotional.