The choices we make in our marriages have generational effects. The choices your grandparents made effected your parents and, in turn, effected you and the way you perceive marriage. In Ephesians 5, the relationship of marriage is likened to that of Christ and the church, the most important relationship there is and will ever be. Therefore, it goes to reason that our marriages should be as important to us as our relationship with Jesus. When your walk with God gets hard do you throw in the towel and look for a better God? Hopefully not! Why then, when times get tough in marriage, are we so quick to throw in the towel and look for a better spouse?
Our grandparents seem to have had a much better grasp on this truth than our generation today, which is all to willing to resort to divorce at the first sign of struggle. Maybe you were raised in a home where the ideals of marriage were not Biblically portrayed. Maybe your own marriage is now struggling. You have an opportunity to positively impact your children, their marriages, your future grandkids and their marriages. Value your marriage, respect it and your spouse. Put as much effort and emphasis on it as you do your relationship with Jesus. Study God’s word on marriage in Ephesians 5. Even though this is not society’s ideal of marriage, it is Christ’s ideal of marriage and will truly stand the test of time if we let it. Imagine the impact this could have on society!
Are you making positive generational decisions in your marriage? Will your kids and grandkids be able to view yours as a model of Biblical marriage? If not, now is the time to make changes that will positively impact the path of your family for generations to come.