7 of the Amazing Riches You Get When You Unleash Christ in Your Marriage

BY: - 9 Mar '18 | Faith

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In a recent article I wrote titled 20 God-Centered Tips For a Successful Christian Marriage, I outlined some tips to help develop the kind of relationship where God’s word is front and center in your union.  Many of those character traits are far from easy to live by, but if you desire a successful Christian marriage, they are worth pursuing.

But, what exactly does “successful” mean? While success can mean different things to different people, I think it’s fair to say that when it comes to relationships, particularly marriage, we are all on the same page. Simply put, we want to be happy.

Interestingly though, many couples try to achieve that happiness according to their own standard. Of course, that’s all well and good if that’s the decision you’ve made for your life and your relationship. This article then, while it could still prove helpful, isn’t necessarily geared toward you. Instead, it is meant for those who have chosen to be followers of Christ.

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You see, once you’ve decided to truly make Jesus the Lord of your life, it’s a game changer. The standards are set higher and the resulting happiness is “immeasurably more” than you could ask or imagine. In essence, amazing things are headed your way.

We know this because in Jeremiah 29:11 it says, “for I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Now, while prosperity gospel is all the rage, I don’t think this message is meant to have you salivating over financial gains. Instead, I believe the plans that God has for you will make you and your relationships rich in ways that bring you no harm, gives you hope, and secures the future of your marriage.

Rich in Love

Read 1 Corinthians 13 – When you first start dating and your relationship is fresh, it can be easy to “feel” the love your mate has for you. The promise of God in a Christian marriage takes the love deeper and for the long haul. Through the good, the bad, the rich, and the poor times, Christlike love will be the thing that steadies the boat.

Rich in Kindness

Read Ephesians 4:32 – A marriage steeped in Christ is a marriage rich in acts of kindness. Imagine receiving or giving just for the sake of pleasing your spouse. The awww factor between man and wife is elevated when two people choose the standard set by Jesus in showing mercy, grace, and forgiveness. All of these are the breeding ground upon which kindness is nurtured and ultimately enriched in a relationship.

Rich in Submission

Read Ephesians 5:21 – This is one of my favorite scriptures because it really does set the bar high for both men and women. While submission is usually attributed to the woman, it is clear that Christ means for us to submit to one another. For the successful marriage, this often means finding a way to compromise and ensure that each other’s needs are met.

Rich in Respect

Read Ephesians 5:33 – When a husband allows Christ to permeate his love for his wife, she often willingly allows Christ to enrich her respect for her husband. But what I love about this scripture is that by his love, we can be assured of the husband’s respect for his wife. In the same way, by her respect, we can be assured of the wife’s love for her husband.

Rich in Sexual Intimacy

Read Mark 10:7-8 – The Bible gives one main reason a man leaves his father and mother. It is so that he can unite with his wife and the two become one flesh. That’s right. God wants your marriage to be rich in sexual intimacy. This is where you really become one. Only in intercourse are your hearts, minds, and bodies truly intertwined all at once. When the two become one flesh with Christ, then your relationship becomes difficult to unravel.

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Rich in Faithfulness

Read Proverbs 28:20 – I find it interesting that this scripture turns out to be the heartbeat of all the others above. It is a call to faithfulness that leads to blessing. But it’s not just any kind of blessing…but a rich blessing. Not only that but when you are faithful to Christ first, it becomes a no-brainer to be faithful to your spouse.

When we make a decision to seek Christ with all of our hearts and unleash Him in our marriage, something amazing happens to our relationship. We begin to recognize God’s plans for us and those plans lead to an amazing life and a marriage rich in every kind of blessing.

BMWK, are you ready to unleash Christ in your marriage?

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Joann Fisher wrote 157 articles on this blog.

Joann Fisher has been a writer and editor for both print and online newpapers and magazines for the last 10 years. She now serves as a Writer/Editor at BMWK and lead Editor for The Joy Network.

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Easter Miracle: 3 Ways to Resurrect Your Dying Marriage

BY: - 29 Mar '18 | Faith

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Easter is upon us. I have to admit that I love this season and its traditions. However, more important than new clothes, delicious feasts, and candied eggs, is the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Resurrection is about new life, a second chance. Have you ever experienced a time in your marriage where love and seemed dead or close to dying? Well, there’s nothing like an Easter miracle to resurrect your dying marriage.

Many people consider Resurrection (Easter) Sunday to be the holiest day of the Christian year. It is the day that believers in Jesus Christ celebrate their risen Lord and Savior. But, I venture to say, we shouldn’t think about resurrection one day out of the year. What about the other 364 days? What about the areas we need to resurrect in order to truly live the life God intended?

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When your marriage is going through difficulty, it can be hard to believe there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. But the Resurrection Experience of Jesus gives me hope, and maybe even you too, that a similar type of resurrection is possible in our daily living. By no means am I comparing the risen Savior to a loveless marriage. What I am saying is there is hope!  Resurrection, or new life, is possible for you.

Consider what resurrection means for your daily life.

Not only do I believe in a resurrected marriage, I’ve experienced it. After marrying young and struggling to find ourselves, my husband and I went through a really rough period: seemingly dead love, dead intimacy, and dead dreams. If our marriage was going to live and not die, we had to make some tough decisions.

Believe in and work toward a resurrection.

Engage in serious soul-searching and focused prayer.

Are carrying around some dead stuff in your life? Dead self-esteem. Dead dreams. Dead hopes. Dead faith. Dead purpose. Dead friendships. Resurrection is possible for you. You can start experiencing new life in those areas through heartfelt prayer. If you and your spouse are both struggling to keep the relationship alive, then your relationship is in need of a miracle. Simply put,  Dead + Dead = Dead. Your relationship miracle won’t happen without specific and focused prayer.

Discuss the Resurrection Story with your spouse and form a plan.

For us, it was important that we go to counseling. We bared our souls. We spoke the truth. We cried and screamed and prayed and talked until the spirit of death fled our home. Looking back, we could blame it on age, but that wouldn’t do any good. From what I understand, couples who have been married 20+ years still go through resurrection phases. At some point, your marriage will need new life. It’s not anything to fear; it’s something in which to look forward.

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Since our marital resurrection, we have more togetherness, more joy, more understanding, and more intimacy. If it had not been for a near-death experience, we wouldn’t be walking in our purpose together as a couple now.

If you celebrate Resurrection Sunday as a part of the Christian faith, I encourage you to consider what resurrection means in the context of your daily life. Do some serious soul-searching and focused prayer about the dead areas in your life.  Sit down and discuss the Resurrection Story with your spouse, and then make a game plan. Maybe it’s the dreams you shared as newlyweds. Maybe it’s kissing and holding each other while you fall asleep. Maybe it’s family dinner time and heartfelt communication. There’s nothing too dead for God. Resurrection is possible to those who believe and put their faith into action. Regardless of the challenge, your relationship can get its miracle resurrection starting this Easter.

BMWK, are you ready to experience a miracle in your marriage during this season?

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Dr. Michelle Johnson wrote 76 articles on this blog.

Dr. Michelle Johnson is the founder of Alabaster Woman Ministries, an online international women's ministry. She is a wife, mother, writer, speaker, teacher. Through her daily blog, online radio show, and video Bible studies, Dr. Michelle encourages women and married couples to make God the center of their lives.

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