Tomorrow in worship @ The Lakes Church we will have a day exploring God's Word for women seeking to be married or who are married. As we kick off a new series, Staying in Love, there are some great truths in this message. One thing to share that is a minor point in the whole sermon, but could be expanded for your use is this:
Genesis 2:24 says this: "That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh."
When a man and a woman marry they are one flesh. This is not just a random point. This word for "one" was used of the fact that God is one. See the main tagline for Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Same word. There is unity. There is staying power. Even in God's purpose and commitments, it is ongoing, so Israel should strive to stay faithful. This is counter-cultural.
We know too from Paul later in the Bible that marriage is a picture of the gospel, as Jesus loves the church, his bride. There is staying power.
We know that when God gives his word, it is irrevocable. God's Word accomplishes His purposes effectively. We are called not to add words to our "yes" or "no" for this reason, to reflect our Lord who keeps His Word, even when we speak our limited imperfect words.
Staying power for a wife, is a God thing, tied to residing in Christ (John 15) by faith.
Staying power also for a wife/future wife, is in seeing that her commitment is a lifetime. Now there are times when one's spouse will not keep a commitment, but if you make a commitment, you keep it. Why? It is a new life. A life that is one. There is to be unity sought, not just for convenience. This challenges our time. It speaks to all of us in Christ, to not see our life as ours, but as the Lord's and thus as a commitment that matters.
Reflect on God's unchanging nature as a believer and this habit/practice will empower you wives to stay committed for the long term.
Blessings in Christ to you!