Do you take your Christian marriage vows seriously? Do you wonder whether your spouse does the same? How can understanding your Christian marriage vows help you to live life better each day? It’s wonderful that you want to make the most of married life by understanding how your vows can help you live better, according to God’s word.
The Vow to Love
If you think about the vow you’ve taken, or are about to take, to love your spouse completely, stop and think about what that means.
Love is not selfish– but, in order to love others, you’ve got to love and respect yourself. Always take good care of yourself – mind, body, and spirit. This will help you to be the best you can be. Good physical, mental and spiritual health can help you to take on the challenges of daily living, and they help you to support your spouse in all he or she does.
Love is Patient – Be patient with yourself, and be patient with others. Life can be full of irritations, especially if you forget the commandment and vow to love. Stop, breathe, and ask God to help you remember to love patiently. Taking Christian marriage vows doesn’t prevent your own human faults from causing you to trip and fall occasionally! So be patient and remember to forgive yourself and others.
Love is Kind – Have you ever noticed that the kindest people often seem to be those who find it easiest to love? Make the most of your Christian marriage vows – be kind to your spouse, even when he or she tries your patience. Count to ten if you have to – and if you do let angry words fly, be sure to apologize! God knows that we’re humans, and all that is asked is that we try to do our very best. So, don’t give up if you forget kindness – just keep trying, and you’ll improve over time.
The Vow to Cherish
If you cherish something, you’ll take good care of it, and that’s what God is asking us, as married people, to do with our marriages. Cherish your marriage and all that it means to you. Care for it, and nurture it in ways small and large – you’ll be repaid in countless blessings.
Christian marriage vows help us to improve our own lives, and those of our families. Understanding the promise to cherish and nurture love can help improve every aspect of our lives!
In Sickness and In Health
The vow to take care of each other in sickness and in health may be one of the hardest Christian marriage vows to really stick with. When you think about sickness, you probably think about physical health.
Have you ever stopped to think about mental health issues and what the commandment to care for each other in sickness and in health means when applied to mental health? It means that you’ve got to support each other through good times and bad, and that you must do the best to help your partner take care of any difficulties he or she may be having with issues like depression, dissatisfaction within marriage, and countless other problems.
If you’re having problems in your marriage and you suspect that your own, or your spouse’s thought process is not quite where it should be, consider getting help from a professional marriage counselor. Online marriage counseling is safe and confidential, and best of all, it can help you keep your vows to each other, according to God’s word.