Hello friends! I recently read the following in a bible study I am doing, and I wanted to share it with you. It is not the complete text and a bit of it is paraphrased, but regardless of your own faith background, I think the message communicated can resonate with anyone who is married.

Traditional marriage vows include the phrase, “Till death do us part.” Unfortunately, these words have become something of a ceremonial cliché rather than a statement of deep commitment.

The purpose of a commitment is always the same: to offer protection, not when everything is running smoothly, but when things fall apart.

Commitment is perhaps no more important than when it comes to marriage. It provides strength and stability when a relationship encounters challenges. Unfortunately, many couples take an opposite approach when things turn sour- they run, rather than digging in their heels when commitment requires it the most.

With the highest rate of divorce in the world, it’s evident that our society rushes too quickly toward marriage break-up instead of diligently working to restore a relationship back to health.

Commitment is foundational to surviving conflict. It serves as the fuel for us to work through our struggles with persistence and determination. The next time you find yourself in a heated disagreement with your spouse, commit to drawing closer together instead of running away.

As a newlywed, my husband and I have not yet faced trials and tribulations that may push us to a breaking point. Regardless, we have made a vow to one another- a lifelong commitment- to stick together, not just when things are going perfectly, but when things are falling apart.

Commitment Blog Post

And in case you’re interested, the Bible Study plan I’m following is Marriage: A Lifelong Journey. I downloaded the YouVersion Bible app from iTunes, but they also have a website.