A representative from Miley Cyrus’ team told PEOPLE magazine “Liam and Miley have agreed to separate at this time. Ever-evolving, changing as partners and individuals, they have decided this is what’s best while they both focus on themselves and careers. They still remain dedicated parents to all of their animals they share while lovingly taking this time apart. Please respect their process and privacy.”
Unfortunately, 40-50% of marriages in the United States end in divorce. It’s clear that the enemy hates the bond of marriage, for its a direct representation of Christ’s betrothal to the body. Knowing this, don’t be discouraged, but instead be uplifted by these 3 promises of God that can help in your marriage:
1. Ephesians 4:2-3
“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”
Being patient, humble and kind in marriage. Respecting the intimacy of said relationship, and place your partner as a priority always.
2. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”
Your marriage partner is your helpmate. Men and women were created by God (Genesis 1) to complement one another. The love and support for each other must be mutual and continual throughout the seasons.
3. Ephesians 4:32
“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
Always forgive. Forgiveness sets you and the other person free. Grace, forgiveness and changed behavior is pivotal to a successful marriage.
Sadly, this Hollywood couple has decided to not reconcile their differences, but it gives us food for thought as Christians entering into this special covenant. Ephesians 5:25 reads, “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her.” That love exemplified by Christ towards the church is the same powerful love that we should carry into our marriages. It is hard and not perfect, but persevering and always leaning on Christ as the foundation can strengthen your marriage in times of need.