3. Bear Fruit
Consider the vitality of a marriage exhibiting the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, self-control, gentleness, and patience (Galatians 5:22-23). Those fruits encompass what it means to reflect Christlikeness to the world around us, but surely in our homes as well.
It can often be the hardest to live out these traits with the one who knows us best, the one who promised to stay with us always. Yet, healthy, godly marriages recognize the importance of bearing fruits of the Spirit because marriage doesn’t just boil down to a trifling certificate. Marriage is an earthly representation of God’s covenant relationship with His Church.
Marriage is a thing to be highly prized and honored. As we treat marriage with the sacredness God intended, we display the gospel message to those around us. Think about how potent that message appears when it is hardest to live out. The trials of our world today, especially when they hit close to home, present abundant opportunities to share of God’s redemption plan.
Remember, good fruit is fruit of the Spirit. We bear fruit when we abide in the Lord, making daily time with Him and submission to His Word of paramount importance (John 15:4-9).
4. Communicate Well
It follows that good communication will take place if husbands and wives are bearing good fruit. Good fruit yields patience in conversation, spouses eager to listen to one another, and intentionality in asking good questions. Check on one another daily and seek to understand how the other is coping.
With so much information available to us, much of it conflicting, there is room for different perspectives about what is unfolding around us, so long as they do not conflict with Scripture. Listen to one another and collaborate together on what steps your family should take in living out God’s Word.
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