All marriages struggle in a fallen world. Few couples are realistic when they walk the aisle and repeat nuptial vows. Sooner or later—no matter how much we love our spouse—we’ll likely have the thought (or something similar), “My marriage is a pain.”
We shouldn’t be surprised. As we read in the Genesis account, even the beautiful and thriving relationship God designed for Adam and Eve didn’t stay perfect for long. From the first couple’s sin to every couple’s selfish interactions and brokenness today, marriages struggle in a fallen world.
When sinners married to sinners interact, the silky threads of love can quickly feel like sandpaper. But there is still hope when marriage becomes painful, because God’s power can redeem and transform marriages. The following are 10 ways we can cooperate with God in this redemptive work in our homes: