Believers are not immune to marriage challenges. In fact, marriage—especially among believers—is a prime target for the enemy. The good news is that as believers we have a weapon that works every time against our enemy. It’s the same weapon that snatched us out of Satan’s grasp when we were born again. That weapon is the God kind of love.
The God kind of love tears down the walls Satan tries to build between husbands and wives. It completely obliterates strife, bitterness and hurt feelings.
First Corinthians 13:4-8 describes how the God kind of love behaves. It never fails! It goes beyond the capability of human love and straight to the root of the problem.
One of the greatest acts of love is intercession—prayer unselfishly offered for another person until there is a breakthrough. As you pray for your spouse, you make “tremendous power available—dynamic in its working” (James 5:16). The power of God removes the blinders and shines the light of the gospel into his or her heart!
Let the example of Jesus be your guide as you purpose to love your spouse as Jesus loves you. Lay down your own needs and desires in deference to your spouse. He or she will respond by loving you, even as the Bible says we respond to Jesus’ love. “We love him, because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19).
When you pray, see your spouse the way God sees them, and when you are in your spouse’s presence your heart will be soft toward him or her. You will operate in the God kind of love that “knows no limit to its endurance, no end to its trust, no fading of its hope; it can outlast anything” (1 Corinthians 13:7). This kind of love never fails!
Source: Kenneth Copeland Ministries