There are many ways we show devotion to the people we love, such as our family and close friends. We take the time to check in on them, do things together, encourage them and lend a listening ear. Similarly, there are many ways we show our devotion to the things and hobbies we love. We steward them with care, collect them, restore them and even profit off of them, even if just from the joy!
But, have you asked yourself how you show devotion to your spouse and to your marriage? Devoted love comes from the center of our hearts. It isn’t something that can be faked very easily for very long. If I am truly devoted, my love for my spouse won’t change, no matter what comes our way. We may endure seasons of struggling with our feelings of love for one another, but our devoted love will keep us united as one while we endure such seasons. We will often remind ourselves of the deep and loyal love we have had for one another since the beginning of our relationship.
Yet, sometimes being devoted to a person is easier than being devoted to a thing, such as the commitment of marriage!
If I am truly devoted to my marriage, my commitment to the marriage won’t change, no matter what comes our way. We may endure financial struggles, issues with raising teenagers, the loss of a career, serious health issues or issues with trust or infidelity, but our commitment to the marriage will keep us united as one while we endure such seasons. We will often remind ourselves of the deep and loyal love we have for Christ and for the covenant of marriage that He created for us. We do our best to be humble.
How can you start to show devoted love to your spouse and to your marriage? Here are some examples to get you thinking:
- Prioritize; God first, then spouse/marriage (By placing God first, your heart is open for your spouse)
- Serve one another
- Be attentive to each other
- Show affection in private and in public
- Be a team and act as team members in ALL things (yes, this includes changing dirty diapers)
- Affirm your spouse (to them and in front of others)
- Create boundaries that protect your marriage
- Be wise in choosing your outside influences; keep your spouse in mind
Don’t you want to be as devoted to your spouse as you are to your dearest friend? This is what the Bible has to say:
Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle.Romans 12: 9-10 MSG
We would love to hear the ways you show devotion to your spouse and to your marriage. Please comment below!