Marriage is hard. And sometimes it becomes really hard. But it shouldn’t be a surprise, Satan is after marriages – for if the marriage fails, it takes a house down with it. Marriage is also hard because it involves two different individuals becoming one flesh. No matter the reason for the struggles of marriage, how we deal with them is something everyone who marries will need to face and it comes down to this: Will we “love like the world” only as long as the person loves us back (and in the same amount), or will we love like Jesus, even when the partner doesn’t love us all the ways we desire?
Christ has suffered all we could ever suffer (Hebrews 4:15). Even though He was never married in the flesh, God experienced the same pains when His Bride has sinned or fallen away even temporarily. Yet Christ overcame and loved us to the end. Will we love like He did, in a love that is sacrificial, merciful and kind? We need the kind of love that draws others to repentance as He did us.
John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.