If you are in the military, you are accustomed to giving your all for your nation.
The same is required of spiritual warriors who serve Christ. Everything one does in the service of the Lord is deserving of one’s best. As you serve your nation, do it to honor your Lord. But as you serve your family, keep this same perspective in focus.
“And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.” (Colossians 3:23-24, NKJV)
Military marriages face unique stresses that challenge their staying power. To stay successfully married, members of the military need to develop a capacity for special family events and crises. But also a “reserve” of emotional, spiritual, and physical capacity to love their spouse. This cannot be written into a training calendar. It can’t be put off to another “cycle.” Rather it must include as much practical, demonstrable love as possible, whether separated by duty or at home.
Achieving a lifetime of successful marriage requires continual cultivation of the relationship through affection, attention, shared faith activities, and putting the other before oneself. Finally pursue a great relationship with your spouse passionately and faithfully, and you honor your Lord.
The content of this article comes from “The Warrior’s Bible” (2014) and is copyrighted by Life Publishers International. Used with permission.