We're going to take a turn for the last few posts. The real enemy of marriages is the Enemy. So many - no, I would say - the majority of couples who are experiencing marital problems don't really acknowledge nor deal with the fact that Satan is doing everything in his power to destroy their marriage.
Marriage as God intended it is to reflect his image. It is to be a picture of Christ and his Bride, the Church. Satan's ultimate enemy, second only to Jesus himself, is a godly marriage, home and family. He targets the relationship that is supposed to be a covenant relationship, never to be broken, and brings in distractions and temptations that even the strongest find difficult to resist. That's why we see so many pastors fall. That's why the divorce rate, even in the church is basically the same as in secular society. We don't acknowledge that we are in a battle, a spiritual battle, for our marriages, and we must stand up and fight for them.
We'll discuss more next week about how to deal with the Enemy, but there was a time that my husband and I had to fight for our marriage. Emotionally, we didn't really want to. We didn't really know how to. But God's word was stronger in reality to us than our own emotions, and we fought. It took us years. We lost some battles, but we won the war. This spring we will be married 50 years. We are more in love than ever. It's worth the fight.