But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.
For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.”
It is apparent that not everyone takes their marriage vows seriously. This isn’t meant to be critical or condemning of anyone who has had the misfortune of going through a divorce. Rather, it is a matter of fact that some people don’t put much effort into their marriage.
Of course everyone goes into marriage with the expectation that it will work. Once some people realize how much work it takes to make a marriage succeed, they are unwilling to do it. It is best, of course, for people to realize what they are getting into before they get married and if they aren’t up to making it work, to end the relationship.
Marriage is more than just an intimate relationship however. Marriage is a covenant. Traditional wedding vows state that the marriage is for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do you part. These words, or whatever vow you made at your wedding, should not be taken lightly. Now the vow has been made and there is no going back on your word. Perhaps just being reminded of your vows has renewed your commitment to them or maybe it is a reminder of promises that you or your spouse haven’t fulfilled.
If you have gone through these entire 40 days of devotions the hope is that you have seen improvements in your marriage, regardless of whether your spouse has participated with you or not. Let this serve as a reminder that your work isn’t over however. This is just the start. By holding fast to the ideals of love your marriage can continue to improve.
You must also hold fast to your marriage covenant because even if things are going well now, there will be bumps in the road. There will be times when you or your spouse forgets some of the lessons on love that you’ve learned in this journey. Returning to these principles is important to keep your marriage strong not because they are the words of any man but because they are based upon the words of God.
When you enter into a marriage covenant it is between you and your spouse. But you also do so in the eyes of God. He should be a part of your marriage as well. As you go forward, remember your commitment to your spouse and remember your commitment to the Lord as well.