today I pray for marriages.
A good marriage takes hard work.
A good marriage requires choosing
the needs of the other
over my own needs and wants.
As Paul writes,
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit,
but in humility regard others as better than yourselves.
Let each of you look not to your own interests,
but to the interests of others. (Philippians 2:3-4).
Love is not a feeling,
but rather a commitment to choose the other.
In Jesus Christ,
you showed us love
by choosing us, our well-being, our redemption.
Teach us how to choose one another,
how to be the love Paul describes:
"Love is patient;
love is kind;
love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude.
Love does not insist on its own way;
it is not irritable or resentful;
it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth.
It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things."
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Remind us, Lord, that others,
especially young others,
are watching us,
learning from us.
Help us model the kind of marriage and life
you want for us.
we ask for your help
to make our marriages strong,
and we know you are able!