“Faith seeks understanding. I do not seek to understand in order to believe, but I believe in order to understand. For I believe this: unless I believe, I will not understand.” (Saint Anselm of Canterbury)
It takes faith to have an active relationship with God. It takes faith to be open to receiving more of God’s radical love than we can imagine is possible.
It also takes faith to get married. Even atheists have this kind of faith, which is more like a wish that they will always feel as loved by their sweetheart as they do on their wedding day.
Later, when life happens and we suffer the worst side of our spouse, it takes faith to persevere — but this cannot be a wish. This cannot be faith in the spouse. These fail. We need faith in Christ who wants to be an active partner in our marriage. Without this level of faith, marriages are much more vulnerable to sin and failure.
When we wonder how we’re going to get past a problem that’s interfering with feeling loved by our spouse, naturally we want to understand what’s happening, what the outcome will be, and how to get there as quickly and safely as possible.
However, we do not need to understand anything in order to believe that we can reach a happy outcome. Rather, a successful marriage is based on believing that Jesus can and will get us through anything and everything that steals our joy and threatens our marriage. Jesus will empower our love to endure — even when we don’t feel very loving nor loved. Especially then.
- Considering the worst, most difficult hardship I’m dealing with now, do I really believe that Jesus will help me with it?
- How can I help my sweetheart become more aware that Jesus is helping him/her today?
Strengthen your relationship:
Share stories with each other about times when Jesus helped you through a difficult time. How did you know that Jesus was truly involved? Pray together asking Jesus to become a more active, more central, more noticeable partner in your relationship. Ask the Holy Spirit to open your eyes to the presence of Jesus and open your hearts to the activity of Jesus.
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© 2017 by Terry Modica of Good News Ministries