In a world where the divorce rate exceeds fifty percent, staying married has become quite a challenging feat according to cultural standards and expectations. That’s why it is vital to comprehend that marriage is more than an emotional commitment; it’s a vow, or covenant, made before and with God. If we can accept the weight of that realization, then couples, particularly Christian couples, would not be bailing out on their marriages due to irreconcilable differences or the allegation that they’ve “grown apart.”

Central to the success of marriage is a couple’s ability to accept and even appreciate their gender differences. It is also fundamental that they learn to amicably resolve matters that need attention. To do so, differentiate between issues that are solvable and those that are not, and leave the unsolvable ones alone. Sometimes it will simply be necessary to agree to disagree.

A key factor to staying married is emphasized in 1 Corinthians 13:5 when Paul wrote that we are not to keep records of each other’s faults, but rather to overlook them.Ruth Bell Graham once said, “A happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers.”Be quick to forgive, forget, and move on – your marriage depends on it.

STAYING MARRIED