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Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for,

the conviction of things not seen. Hebrew 11:1

In the absence of faith, you hope there is true love in your married, but you aren’t convinced, because you haven’t seen any signs of it.

Often times we think faith is about confidently walking into the unknown. As in the case of Abram, who was told by God to quit his job, pack up, tell his relatives and friends goodbye, and leave his home town to travel to a city that will be disclosed later. However, faith can also be about staying in a relationship that seemingly has seen its better days, become detrimental to your mental, emotional, spiritual and/or financial health, and that is progressively getting worse. Unfortunately, this is the plight of many marriages in our church today. Have many given up hope and become faithless?

Faith is a state of being convinced of a truth, and having trust combined with a passionate enthusiasm for some cause. The obvious truth about your marriage must be that God has joined you together. You must trust that He knows what He’s doing despite what you see. And, you must be as passionately enthusiastic about it as you are your favorite personal pastime.

Are you sure you married the person God intended for you? If you’re not convinced that God has joined you together, then it may be difficult, if not impossible, for you to apply the power of faith to your relationship. Comedian Robin Harris once explained that he wears his wedding ring on the wrong finger, because he married the wrong woman. What if the only thing you’re convinced of is that you’re married to the wrong person? Regardless, you’re married now. “For better or worse, richer or poorer, sickness and in health, and so on.”

Perhaps, you can apply faith through obedience in God’s Word, which teaches that you and your spouse ARE one and are to stay together until death do you part. Remember, desperate times cause for desperate measures. Pray for your marriage without ceasing. Through prayer you will develop a more passionate enthusiasm for your spouse and your marriage. Give thanks for the two good things, even though they hadn’t happened in a while. Redirect your TV, internet and personal recreational time to some “him time.” Be sure to cater to his likes and dislikes. That’s what you did in the beginning.

It would have been better to have applied faith in the beginning and wait on God to set you up. But, when we think about it, He saved us all after the fact. He can save our marriages too.

For nothing will be impossible with God.” (Luke 1:37)

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